Diabetes Care Center

The mission of the Diabetes Care Center is to make a difference in the lives of our clients by achieving the best possible outcomes through ongoing education and support.

Our goal is to teach and prepare our patients to properly care for themselves. Good care involves proper meal planning, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring and use of medications including insulin.

The number of diabetics in our nation is continuing to rise ... in the past 40 years, the number of cases of diabetes has increased from one and a half million to over eight million.

The Diabetes Care Center at Jackson Purchase Medical Center was developed to help prevent and delay the onset of diabetes and its complications by providing a team approach to diabetes self management. Come join us, and let us work together to take control of your diabetes so it doesn't take control of you.

Bethany Borders, RD, LD, CDE, is our dietitian in the Diabetes Care Center. She came to Jackson Purchase Medical Center in August, 2012. She received her certification as a certified diabetes educator in 2015 through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

Bethany graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY and Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, KY through the University of Kentucky.

The Diabetes Care Center is located on the first floor across from the Cafeteria, next to our Community Conference Room. The times may sometimes vary. You may contact Bethany in the Diabetes Care Center at (270) 251-4372.

The American Diabetes Association recognizes our program as a provider of quality diabetes education.

What We Do
Our skilled team of Diabetes Educators sees both inpatients and outpatients for:
  • Individual education tailored to your needs
  • Gestational Diabetes Classes
  • Insulin pump training
  • Education in intensive insulin therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Living with diabetes classes for patients with type 2 diabetes
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, the way the body uses digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down by the digestive juices into chemicals, including a simple sugar called glucose. After digestion, the glucose passes into the bloodstream where it is available for body cells to use for growth and energy.

For the glucose to get into the cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas.

When most people eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to take care of the glucose. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the body's cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts.

Recommended websites
American Diabetes Association
American Association of Diabetes Educators
American Dietetic Association
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
My Health Highway