We found 27 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Shawnee Mission, KS.

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8901 W 74th Street; Suite 269
Merriam, KS
 

Dr. Maria Gomes' medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Gomes focuses on diabetes. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She attended medical school at Goa Medical College. Dr. Gomes is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Rita M Hyde, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13204 W. 72nd Street
Shawnee Mission, KS
 

Dr. Rita Hyde works as an internist in Westwood, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS. Her areas of expertise include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hyde honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Hyde trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for her residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Hyde is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Wheezing, Eczema, Dizziness, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pamela May Weinhold, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
 

Dr. Pamela Weinhold specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Shawnee Mission, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinhold include prostate problems, disc problems, and breast pain. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and The University of Kansas Hospital. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Weinhold attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Weinhold takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Dr. Sheila Maureen McGreevy-Barry, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 1020, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Sheila McGreevy's specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and athlete's foot. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. McGreevy is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. McGreevy's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Warts, Disc Problems, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Atrial Fibrillation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald R Oliver, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12210 West 87th Street
Lenexa, KS
 

Dr. Gerald Oliver's medical specialty is family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oliver's clinical interests encompass general care. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Thyroid Problems, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Micholee Beth Emerson, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Micholee Polsak is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: migraine, depression, and athlete's foot. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Polsak honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Athlete's Foot, Atrial Fibrillation, Bronchitis, Bursitis, Gastritis, Common Cold, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Anne Porter, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7301 Mission Road; Suite 350
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Elizabeth Pitts' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include drug allergy, trichotillomania, and amenorrhea (missed periods). Dr. Pitts is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Warts, Drug Allergy, Trichotillomania, Amenorrhea, Athlete's Foot, Developmental Disabilities, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles M Sullivan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
College Park Family Care Center - Overland Park; 10100 West 119th Street Suite 150
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Charles Sullivan practices family medicine in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Sullivan's areas of expertise include general care. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sullivan studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Dr. Eyad M Al-Hihi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 1020, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Eyad Al-Hihi is a general internist. Dr. Al-Hihi's areas of expertise include the following: disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and athlete's foot. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Navigate, Humana HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Al-Hihi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Disc Problems, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Atrial Fibrillation, Wheezing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anne L Jones, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
 

Dr. Anne Jones' specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include prostate problems, warts, and disc problems. Dr. Jones's hospital/clinic affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones accepts.

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Dr. Danielle R Stebbins, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
 

Dr. Danielle Stebbins specializes in general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stebbins honors. Dr. Stebbins's education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Allergies, Pap Test, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Virginia A Campbell, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
6511 Johnson Drive
Mission, KS
 

Dr. Virginia Campbell specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Campbell is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: restless leg syndrome, cryosurgery, and athlete's foot. Dr. Campbell is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Her professional affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Warts, Restless Leg Syndrome, Cryosurgery, Athlete's Foot, Wheezing, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maiko G Ebersole Robinson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4810 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Maiko Ebersole-Robinson's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ebersole-Robinson include hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, and asthma. Dr. Ebersole-Robinson is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ebersole-Robinson is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

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Dr. James Edward Allen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
 

Dr. James Allen is an internist in Shawnee Mission, KS. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Allen include prostate problems, disc problems, and breast pain. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is affiliated with Shawnee Mission Health, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Dr. Rebecca Wangechi Opole, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 1020, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Rebecca Opole is an internist. She is conversant in Swahili. Dr. Opole's areas of expertise include the following: drug allergy, athlete's foot, and wheezing. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Opole studied medicine at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Warts, Drug Allergy, Athlete's Foot, Wheezing, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Belinda A Vail, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 4010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Belinda Vail works as a family medicine physician in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Vail include disc problems, colposcopy, and anoscopy. Dr. Vail is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Vail trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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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.
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