World Diabetes Day observed in Charleston

(Meredith Huggins/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) -- The staff at the Medical University of South Carolina helped to mark World Diabetes Day.

As part of the Thursday observance, the north tower of the Charleston hospital was illuminated in blue light at sunset.

The hospital is working with the South Carolina chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to bring attention to the prevalence of diabetes among both children and adults.

"We're one of the largest diabetes center in the state," said Dr. Deborah Bowlby, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at MUSC. "We have approximately 100 new onset diabetes cases in children every year. Most of that is type one which is auto immune diabetes in children."

MUSC has one of the largest pediatric endocrinology clinics in South Carolina. The clinic has about 6,500 outpatient visits a year.