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    The Center for Health Disparities Research at the Medical University of South Carolina is focused on eliminating racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and rural/urban disparities in health.

  • We're striving for a healthier future...

    through excellence in all phases of our work and continually improving our programs and practices based on new knowledge.

  • We focus on translating research...

    to communities through development of health interventions that are effective and practical in the real world.

Hear From Participants

The new ideas that we try often help the people in our studies. Two people tell us about being involved with CHDR diabetes research.


What made you decide to participate in a research study?
I participated because of my blood sugar that was out of control, to lose weight and get back to the way I used to be.

What part of the study was most important to you?
Knowing what to do and what not to do to control my blood sugar.

From the beginning of the study to now (years later), what benefited you the most?
Controlling my blood sugar by knowing what to eat, the correct portion sizes, and succeeding in reaching the goals I set for myself, (and) believing that nothing is impossible....I still do my chair exercises. People say I’m looking younger, and that encourages me.


What has the study done for you?

  • Made me more aware of risks I could encounter by not taking medication, eating properly, or exercising.
  • Provided me with a time to ask questions and learn more about diabetes.
  • Keeping a diary helped me to set goals for where I need to be to be healthy as a diabetic.
  • Helped me to be honest with myself knowing what I need to do to get on track as a diabetic. I had to be truthful with myself.

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135 Rutledge Ave., Room 280
Charleston, SC 29425-5930
Phone: 843-792-0906
Fax: 843-876-1201