Health & Wellness

Diabetes Education

Facts about Diabetes

  • Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin (type 1) or does not properly use insulin (type 2).
  • About 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, with nearly 700,000 of those living in Missouri.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Age 45 or older
  • Overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Delivery of a baby weighing more than nine pounds
  • High total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides with low HDL cholesterol
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • History of heart attack, stroke or chest pain
  • Blood sugar levels outside of the normal range
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Infections and slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Unexplained weight loss

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Infections and slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Unexplained weight loss

How a Referral Works

Services provided at the PCRMC Diabetes Outpatient Clinic require a referral from your primary care provider. Once a referral is received by the Diabetes Outpatient Clinic, you can expect the following:

  • An individualized plan, tailored to your diabetes needs and lifestyle goals
  • An environment where interactive participation is part of the learning process
  • An open, supportive setting, where questions and conversations are encouraged
  • A highly skilled healthcare team who will support you every step of the way

On your first visit, be sure to bring the following:

  • Your current medication list
  • A current list of your blood sugar readings, if available
  • Your glucose meter and supplies

For more information about services offered, please contact the PCRMC Diabetes Education Department at (573) 458-7314.

Diabetes Outpatient Clinic Resources

The Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support at PCRMC offer the following helpful resources:

  • A plan designed to help meet your diabetes needs
  • Group or one-on-one class settings
  • Up-to-date diabetes information
  • Discussion of nutrition facts, carbohydrate counting and the plate method
  • Individualized meal planning with a dietitian
  • Instructions on how to use your glucose meter and what to do when your blood sugar is not normal
  • Survival skills for the newly diagnosed
  • Diabetes screenings
  • A better understanding of the short- and long-term complications of diabetes
  • Medication information
  • Information on insulin and glucagon
  • Follow-up visits and phone calls
  • Medical Nutritional Therapy


The PCRMC Diabetes Outpatient Clinic offers services in Rolla and Waynesville.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center
North Entrance
1000 West 10th Street
Rolla, MO 65401

PCRMC Waynesville Medical Plaza
1000 GW Lane Street
Waynesville, MO 65583

If you have diabetes, help is available. The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC has the tools and educational resources you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life.

Diabetes Support Group

If you or a family member has diabetes, PCRMC offers a FREE diabetes support group. Participants attending this support group have an opportunity to meet and talk with other people living with diabetes. A healthcare professional leads the support group, and a new topic is discussed at every meeting. Examples of topics covered include the following:

  • Healthy eating tips
  • Exercising to control your blood sugar
  • Coping with stress
  • Latest updates about diabetes

Date: First Saturday of the month (except for January, July and September)

Time: 10:00 AM - Noon

Location: PCRMC Private Dining Room 2

Contact: (573) 458-7314

The American Diabetes Association recognizes the PCRMC Diabetes Outpatient Clinic as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.