Diabetes Care Center -- 573.760.8396

What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which insufficient amounts of insulin are produced, or the body is unable to use the insulin that is produced. The disease affects the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body. There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7 percent of the population, who have diabetes.

Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations. Working together, people with diabetes and Parkland Health Center can reduce the occurrence of these and other complications by controlling the levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids, and by practicing other preventive care.

Diabetes Care Center
At Parkland Health Center, we specialize in people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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Type 1 diabetes . . .
. . . is an auto immune disorder in which the body's own immune system destroys its ability to make insulin or process food for energy. Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin as well as a healthy lifestyle.


Type 2 diabetes . . .
. . . is a result of the body's inability to make enough -- or to properly use -- insulin. Type 2 diabetes may be controlled with diet, exercise and weight loss, or may require oral medication or insulin injections.

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Pre-Diabetes . . .
. . . is a result of blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, people with pre-diabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.


Learn to Manage Your Diabetes -- from the Experts
Receive training on how to manage your diabetes from our specially trained and certified staff. Take advantage of nutrition counseling. Day and evening classes are offered to fit your schedule.
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Getting Started
You'll need a referral from your doctor. Services are covered by Medicare and many private insurance companies.

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group

  • 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month
  • Diabetes Care Center, 1101 West Liberty Street, Farmington, Missouri 63640 USA -- get directions
  • Call 573.760.8396 for more information