101 Town & Country Ln Ste 100, Hazard, KY 41701
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Diabetes Center

Diabetes in Kentucky

  • Kentucky has the 9th highest rate of diabetes in the US, and the Kentucky River region is among the highest in the state.
  • Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Kentucky
  • 20% of Kentuckians will have diabetes by age 55
  • Almost 18% of hospitalizations in Kentucky are due to diabetes

With knowledge and patient participation, you can have a long and healthy life with diabetes. We strive to provide our patients with comprehensive care and access to the most up to date diabetes technology.

Unlike most clinics, where patients with diabetes must travel many miles and go to several offices to receive the necessary care, our unique approach provides you access to all the services at one location. We also assist you in coordinating your care. Our multidisciplinary team includes primary care providers, specialists and other professionals under one roof.

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, or if you think you might have diabetes, let us help. Schedule an appointment today, contact us and let our coordinator assist you with your diabetic care!

Diabetic Services Offered

  • Diabetic Footcare
  • Pharmacy Consulting
  • Nutritional Consulting with a Registered Dietitian
  • In-house Laboratory
  • Insulin Pump Clinic
  • ABI/Vascular Studies
  • Diabetic Educator
  • Dental Services

Diabetes Complications

If not properly treated diabetes can lead to serious health problems and even death.

  • Heart Disease, including heart attacks, stroke, and high blood pressure
  • Eye Problems, that can lead to blindness
  • Nerve damage to the legs and feet, which can lead to amputation
  • Teeth & Gums: increased risk of gum disease

Meet Our Diabetes Center Team

Dr. Jones serves as the clinics’ medical director and serves on various committees for ARH as well as the Kentucky Primary Care Association. Dr. Jones works with our Diabetes Center managing severely Diabetic patients and insulin pumps.

John I. Jones

DO - Medical Director

Mary specializes in Diabetes. She is a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner Certified, Board Certified – Advanced Clinical Diabetes Management, Certified Diabetic Educator, Master Licensed Diabetic Educator and Certified Pump Trainer.

Dr. Mary J. Collins

DNP, ARNP, NP-C, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE

Diabetes Center Director

Diabetes FAQs

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not properly respond to insulin. Without insulin sugar accumulates in the blood stream, leading to serious complications.

What are the Types of Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes: Your body can not make insulin. This usually occurs in children and young adults

Type 2 Diabetes: Your body does not use insulin properly. This can happen at any age and is the most common type, responsible for 90-95% of all cases.

Gestational Diabetes: Diabetes occurring during pregnancy.

How do I know I have diabetes?

Some of the signs and symptoms include extreme thirst, fatigue, dry skin, blurred vision, frequent urination and slow healing wounds.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Family history, overweight/central obesity "Apple shape", smoking, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle and a history or diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), are risk factors, that increase potential for diabetes.

Can I prevent diabetes?

Yes, some ways include increase physical activity, educate yourself, eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lose excess weight and make other healthy lifestyle choices.

How can I benefit from diabetes education?

Education about diabetes can help you detect, prevent, and manage your disease. In addition to nutritional counseling and health tips, we teach insulin pump initiation and therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.

Does my insurance cover visits to a diabetes educator?

While most insurance plans cover this service, we offer it to our patients regardless of insurance status.