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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
 

Dr. Amanda Bell is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Bell's clinical interests include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with 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: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Thyroid Cancer, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Richard E Whitlow, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 220
Lansing, KS
 

Dr. Richard Whitlow is a Lansing, KS physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Whitlow average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in diabetes and chronic illness. Dr. Whitlow is affiliated with Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Whitlow is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of Fitzsimons Army Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Chronic Illness

Paul Owen Gorby
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 180
Lansing, KS
 

Dr. Paul Gorby works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. He is affiliated with Liberty Hospital and Shawnee Mission Health. Dr. Gorby accepts Fortis, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Gorby completed a residency program at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Palliative Care

Dr. David B Owens, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 120
Lansing, KS
 

Dr. David Owens practices general obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Owens is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Owens attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Incontinence, Vaginal Cancer, Hysteroscopy, Ultrasound, Vulvar Cancer, Cesarean ... (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.