Empowering patients to control their diabetes.

The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Diabetes Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to help persons living with diabetes or at risk of developing the disease gain control – and stay in control – of diabetes.

Our Diabetes Center is staffed by Clinical Dietitian Laurynn Verry, RD LD.

We hold Living Well with Diabetes support group meetings the fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at KHC. This group is open to anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes, those with a family member with the disease, or anyone wanting to learn more. If you are interested, please register by clicking on the button to the right. If you have any questions, please call (641) 842-1522 for more information. KHC is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education.

Types of Diabetes

Prediabetes – About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes. Prediabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood, but can occur in adults. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin — a hormone needed to turn starches, sugars and other food into energy the body can use. People cannot live without insulin. Healthy eating, physical activity and insulin treats Type 1 diabetes. A person with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day

Type 2 Diabetes

If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin correctly. This is called insulin resistance. Over time, your pancreas can’t make enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance and blood sugar gets too high. Type 2 diabetes is life-long. There is no cure, but there are things you can do to control your blood sugar.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of Type 2 diabetes, and it may begin between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. All women become resistant to the action of insulin late in pregnancy. Women who have gestational diabetes are not able to produce enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance and blood sugar goes too high. If blood sugar is too high during pregnancy, it can cause several problems that put the mother or baby at risk.

Diabetes conditions

Comprehensive Diabetes Care

The Diabetes Center takes a multidisciplinary team approach to delivering diabetes care. The medical team includes primary care providers, a dietitian, and Certified Diabetes Educator, and nursing staff. Together, they take care of patients, support families, and provide outreach at community events throughout the year.

Staff with the KHC Diabetes Center will:

  • Help you improve diabetes management through education, counseling, blood glucose self-monitoring and insulin training.
  • Tailor a treatment plan that will normalize your blood glucose levels to help you live a long, healthy life with diabetes.
  • Assist you learn effective self-management skills to reduce long-term complications.
  • Provide diabetes education materials.
  • Offer nutritional guidance and exercise planning.
  • Deliver exceptional inpatient and outpatient health care services.

Diabetes Consultation Services

Basic Skills

This program is designed for people with Type 2 diabetes, who want to learn basic self-care skills. The basic skills program is offered in an individual or family setting. You will learn about these and other aspects of self-care.

  • What diabetes is and how it affects your body
  • Good nutrition habits and how to plan meals and snacks
  • How physical activity can help you control your blood glucose
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels
  • How to know when you need to change your medication or blood glucose monitoring schedule.

Insulin Consultation

If you are taking insulin for Type 2 diabetes or have Type 1 diabetes, consultations can help you learn the basic skills and importance of taking insulin, and how to fit insulin into your life.

Insulin Pump Therapy

We offer:

  • Insulin pump start up
  • Upgrades
  • Management
  • Personal Glucose Monitors (sensors) to detect the sugar in the fluid between your body cells, instead of in the blood.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy. Individual consultation with our certified diabetes educator can help you understand and monitor your glucose control. This service includes continuous sessions to monitor the progress of your glucose control as well as a post-delivery session.

Professional Continuous Glucose Monitor

This allows your education team and health care provider to view continuous blood sugar (glucose) readings over at least three days, 24 hours a day.

Patterns are reviewed to determine changes to your medication, nutrition plan, and blood glucose monitoring schedule.

Accredited Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care. Medicare covers your care as well as most health insurance plans when offered through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. KHC’s Diabetes Center is an accredited diabetes education program.

State-Certified Outpatient Education Program (Site #63-036-00); American Diabetes Association, Certificate of Education Recognition (Recertification 2018-2022) 

Learn More

For more information about treatment options, talk to your primary care provider or contact the Diabetes Program Coordinator at 641-842-1519.

Laurynn Verry - MPP-D, RD, LD, CDCES

Laurynn is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. As a nutrition specialist, Laurynn is passionate about inspiring people to eat nutritious and delicious food to live a healthy and happy life.

Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts. Laurynn can assist you on your health and wellness journey for a variety of reasons – from providing individualized nutritional advice, to support in managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, weight management, heart disease, food allergies, kidney disease, digestive issues, and more.

Laurynn received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University where she also completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree. She has a special interest in Diabetes Education, Sports Nutrition, and Eating Disorders. You can usually find her baking, reading a good book, or cuddled up with her dog.

If you would like to set up an appointment with Laurynn, please contact your insurance for coverage details because a physician’s referral may be necessary.