More than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. - CDC
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 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. Our program has been recognized as a provider of quality diabetes education by the American Diabetes Association.
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.