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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Perry County Memorial Hospital has a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program approved by the American Diabetes Association and staffed by a certified diabetes educator and dietician. A physician order is needed to participate. To schedule an appointment, contact Outpatient scheduling at (812) 547-0145. Most appointments are scheduled on Wednesdays, but arrangements can be made for other days.

For more information, contact Linda Mathena, RN at
(812) 547-0157.

Diabetes is a lifetime illness. It is extremely important to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes and to consult with your physician should you develop any symptoms.

Symptoms May Be:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Numbness
  • Slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Frequent infections
  • Dry itchy skin

There are Different Types of Diabetes:

  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Gestational
  • Type I
  • Type II


  • What it is
  • What can I do

Gestational Diabetes:

  • What to do to ensure you have a healthy baby

Type I and Type II Diabetes:

  • What is Diabetes
  • Taking Control of your Diabetes
  • Meal planning
  • Exercise
  • Diabetes medicines
  • Low blood sugar
  • High blood sugar
  • Possible long-term problems
  • General Health Care
  • How to check your blood sugar at home
  • How to give your injections
  • You are in Control – strategies for dealing with diabetes and to maintain a positive outcome

Services are Paid for by:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Most Insurance companies
  • Private Pay

The Burden of Diabetes in Indiana

Information from the Indiana Department of Health

  • 9.6% of adults, or about 455,000 in Indiana have diabetes. An estimated 250,000 adults have undiagnosed diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death for Indiana residents.
  • Adults with diabetes were more likely than adults without diabetes to report ever being diagnosed with a heart attack or stroke.
  • Adult diabetes prevalence increased from 2004-2008 in Indiana.