Information for you

Diabetes is a serious public health concern. With over 30 million diagnosed in the United States, 1/3 do not know they have Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms could be feeling hungry, tired and thirsty, frequent urination, weight loss, sores that will not heal and tingling in hands and feet. There may not be any symptoms. It is important to know your numbers and get screened if you have a family history of diabetes, over 45, overweight, not physically active, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, had high blood sugar during pregnancy or a baby weighing over 9 lbs. Talk with your healthcare provider about a blood glucose test if you are having any of these symptoms or risks described above.
Find out if you are at risk by taking the ADA risk test

Diabetes can be controlled by making small changes in your diet, increasing your activity and taking medication prescribed by your healthcare provider. Keeping your blood sugar numbers in a healthy range can help prevent complications such as blindness, kidney failure, lower extremity amputation and heart disease and stroke.  Education is also a key part of managing diabetes.

The Healthy Living with Diabetes program is a series of classes helping individuals with diabetes manage the day to day tasks of their health.  Some of the topics covered are healthy ranges of blood sugars, learning about your medications, eating healthy out and at home, and keeping healthy in the long run!  Most importantly, you are at the center of your care and we help you learn what will support you best. 

Call today for class schedule, 270-444-9625, ext 107

What is Prediabetes?

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal—but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. Prediabetes can often be reversed.  Women that had gestational diabetes, high blood sugar during pregnancy, are also at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Take action now.  Call the health department to be connected to resources that can support you.

Prevent T2 Curriculum has been proven to reduce one’s risk for type 2 diabetes.  It is a research-based curriculum by the Center for Disease Control.  This year-long series provides information, tools and support to helping make lifestyle changes.  Contact our health department to learn more about these classes.  They are offered in a variety of settings to accommodate schedules:  online, in-person and virtual.

  1. Know your Risk.  Take the prediabetes risk test.
  2. Get Tested.  See your healthcare provider for a health screening.
  3. Learn More.  Contact 270-444-9625 ext 131 for more information.



Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes or New to Diabetes Education?


The Diabetes 101, A Self-Guided Approach to Understanding Diabetes e-Learning module provides basic information on diabetes for those newly diagnosed or not ever attended a diabetes learning session since being diagnosed.  The module is self-paced and have 2 options to learn.  Please contact Diabetes Education Program at 270-444-9625 ext 107 for more information and options for further class learning.  Please feel free to send comments or issues with the module to  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about diabetes. 


Diabetes Support/Living Well Support Groups

monthly support groups meet in various counties providing additional education to individuals and families

Ballard:  County Extension Service has several programs to support managing diabetes and healthy living.  For more information, contact 270-665-9118.

Carlisle:  County Extension Service has several programs to support managing diabetes and healthy living For more information contact 270-628-5458.

McCracken:  Healthy Living Support Group meets 1st Tuesday each month 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street; Paducah.  For more information, contact 270-444-9625, ext. 107

Fulton:   County Extension Service has several programs to support managing diabetes and healthy living.  Contact them at 270-236-2351

Hickman County Living Well Support Group coming soon.  It will be located at Cooperative Extension Service which has several programs to support management of diabetes and health living.  Contact them at 270-653- 2231. 

More resources:


Information, Advocacy, and support:

ADA – American Diabetes Association

JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

NDEP – National Diabetes Education Program http://www.ndep/

KDPCP – Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Kentucky Fact Sheet and Safe Needle Disposal

American Heart Association



Purchase Area Diabetes Connection


 – a local diabetes coalition working to increase diabetes awareness and education in western Kentucky.  The coalition meets monthly by phone conference or face to face meetings to plan our Annual Diabetes Expo in Paducah.  Any interested individuals can contact DeAnna Leonard at 270-444-9625 ext. 107.
















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