At PCHFMC, our diabetes treatments and management programs will guide you through maintaining your diabetes.

About Diabetes

We can help you learn to manage your diabetes and avoid the complications associated with the disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the Diabetes Education Program at PCHFMC is a valuable resource for you.

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Request an Appointment

Call 217-465-2006 Ext. 4228 or request an appointment online in your patient portal.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8 am - 5 pm

Diabetic Information

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because they have a deficiency in insulin production, or their body does not respond to insulin production, or both.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

  • Type 1 diabetes – Person lacks the ability to produce insulin. This type of diabetes only makes up 10% of all diabetes cases. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood or adolescence, but can develop in early adulthood as well.
  • Type 2 diabetes – Person does not produce enough insulin, or the cells don’t react properly to insulin. This type of diabetes makes up 90% of all diabetes cases and can develop because of being overweight, being physically inactive, or eating unhealthy foods.

Your primary care provider can test you for diabetes.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms include the following, but note that some people have no symptoms:

  • Increased thirst 
  • Weight loss 
  • Fatigue 
  • Increased urination—especially at night 
  • Increased hunger 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Sores that do not heal

Common Complications of Diabetes

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke 
  • Blindness (retinopathy) 
  • Kidney damage 
  • Numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation in the legs and feet

Meet Our Team

Edward Rico, MD

Board Certified Endocrinologist




Philip Holloway, DPM

Podiatrist and Board Certified Wound Specialist


Kara Wilcoxon, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Leighsa Cornwell, RN, BS, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator
Available Tuesday - Friday by appt.



Leslie Brown, RN, BSN, WCC, DWC

Wound Care Certified & Diabetic Wound Care Certified


Debbie Griffin, FNP-C, CDE

Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator



Robert Blumthal, OD



What to Expect

Depending on if you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the doctors at Paris Community Hospital can prescribe insulin injections, lifestyle changes, or more to either manage or reduce the effect of diabetes. Your first appointment will consist of an evaluation of your medical history and physical health.


Diabetes Education Program

Our diabetes education program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 1994. The program teaches diabetes management, which might include lifestyle changes, oral medications, or injections. The education program also offers the following services:

  • Diabetic screenings (cholesterol and blood sugar)
  • Education with certified professionals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Diabetic wound care

Our team at PCH/FMC will combine efforts with your healthcare provider to provide you with the most effective diabetes management strategies.


Learn More

Diabetes Education
Know Your Blood Sugar Level
Type 1 Diabetes

Doctor Presents PCH/FMC Patient with Diabetes Award

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