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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Lansing, KS.

Dr. Amanda Megan Weeks Bell MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1001 6th Avenue; Suite 230
Leavenworth, KS
(913) 651-2163

Dr. Amanda Bell works as an adult endocrinologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bell include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Bell accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bell's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road.

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All Interests: endocrinology, diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, insulin pumps, thyroid cancer

Dr. Richard E Whitlow MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 220
Lansing, KS
(913) 772-8200

Dr. Richard Whitlow's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Whitlow is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whitlow include diabetes and chronic illness. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Dr. Whitlow attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Whitlow is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital.

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All Interests: chronic disease management, diabetes, difficult to diagnose issues

Mr. Paul Owen Gorby DPM, FACFAS
Specializes in Podiatry (Foot & Ankle Medicine), Foot & Ankle Surgery
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 180
Lansing, KS

Dr. Paul Gorby works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Gorby is affiliated with Liberty Hospital and Shawnee Mission Health. He completed his residency training at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fortis, Coventry, and Viant.

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All Interests: Diabetic care, sports medicine, forefoot/rear foot surgery, pediatric foot and palliative care.

Dr. David B Owens MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 120
Lansing, KS
(913) 441-4544; (913) 680-1008

Dr. David Owens specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Shawnee Mission, KS and Lansing, KS. Dr. Owens attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Owens takes. Dr. Owens is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hormonal Replacement Therapy, Deliveries, Minimally Invasive GYN Surgeries, Colposcopy, C-Section ... (Read more)




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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.