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South Central Diabetes Center



1203 Jefferson Street
Laurel, MS 39440




Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

South Central Diabetes Center offers diagnosis, treatment, medication management, education and support group services for those living with diabetes.

Mark Horne, MD
Medical Director
South Central Diabetes Center

South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel has developed a diabetes program, South Central Diabetes Center. The center is accepting all diabetic patients to aggressively manage treatment for their diabetes. Practicing a proper diet, increasing exercise and weight loss are the main forms of traditional treatment in diabetes. However, there are many new services, medications, training and teaching tools available, that are able to manage diabetes effectively and reduce side effects and complications.

As many as 40 percent of adult Mississippians over the age of 65 have diabetes. And with that, the vast majority of type 2 diabetics do not know they are living with this disease. Given that Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, the state also has the highest rate of diabetes in the country. Mark Horne, MD, Medical Director of South Central Diabetes Center, is working to lower this rate and for patients to understand the signs and symptoms associated with diabetes.

“Diabetes is an incredibly common and complex disease,” states Dr. Horne. “Diabetes is too much glucose, or sugar, in your blood. There are two primary types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. The majority of adult patients are living with Type 2 diabetes. Most people who have diabetes walk around day to day with no understanding of what is occurring inside their bodies.”

For many people, it is difficult to notice signs or symptoms that could signal diabetes, but there are some signs to watch for. These include: blurred vision, scratches or wounds that will not heal as quickly, increased thirst, frequent urination and fatigue. While signs and symptoms may be more difficult to acknowledge, testing for diabetes is relatively easy. Dr. Horne explained that “a simple blood test, even a finger prick blood test, can confirm the diagnosis. There is a dramatic improvement in the quality of life by knowing that you are a diabetic and treating it effectively.”