Diabetes Services Offered in Hazard, KY

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes or you think you might have diabetes, let us help. Schedule an appointment today. Call 439-1300!
Primary Care Center introduces a program that is the first of its kind in Eastern Kentucky - The Diabetes Center of Excellence. Diabetes is a disease best fought with knowledge and patient participation. The Diabetes Center of Excellence at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky provides comprehensive care and access to current diabetes related technologies.

Most 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 of the services at one location and we also assist you in coordinating your care. Our multidisciplinary team includes primary care providers, specialists and other professionals under one roof. Call Primary Care Centers at 439-1300 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 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

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.

Diabetes Complications

  • Heart Disease: Includes heart attacks, stroke, and high blood pressure
  • Eye Problems: Can lead to blindness
  • Nerve Damage: to the Legs & Feet - which can lead to amputation.
  • Teeth & Gums: Increased risk of gum disease.

Questions & Answers

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.

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.