We found 20 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity near Blue Springs, MO.

Dr. Renato Mendoza Sandoval, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 200
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Renato Sandoval's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sandoval include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Sandoval is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. In addition to English, Dr. Sandoval speaks Filipino. His 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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Dr. Kathleen Ann Alm, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 245
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Kathleen Alm's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Alm attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Alm has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. William V Andrews, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 245
Independence, MO
 

Dr. William Andrews is an endocrinologist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Andrews takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa, Dr. Andrews attended Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. John Joseph Connolly III, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Connolly's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include male incontinence, female incontinence, and depression. Dr. Connolly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Connolly graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Connolly trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Dizziness, Immunization, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Aileen Andes, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Andes' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Andes's areas of expertise include male incontinence, depression, and female incontinence. She is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center. She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Andes an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Pamela S Maben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Pamela Maben is an Independence, MO physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among Dr. Maben's clinical interests: thyroid problems, anemia, and anxiety. She is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ibrahim A Mourad, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 400 B
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Ibrahim Mourad's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Mourad's professional affiliations include Carondelet Health and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Jennifer J Patterson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Patterson specializes in family medicine. She is affiliated with Research Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Patterson's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patterson honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Ear Infection, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Louis Anthony Orlando, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Louis Orlando's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Orlando include diabetes, emphysema, and depression. Dr. Orlando is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, St. Luke's Hospital, and Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Orlando is conversant in Telugu.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Vinod N Velakaturi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Vinod Velakaturi is a general internist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Velakaturi accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Frank Donaldson Lewis, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
100 Nw Mock Avenue; Suite 100
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Frank Lewis' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Lewis is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Bruce D Scully, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
725 North West State Route 7; Suite A
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Bruce Scully's area of specialization is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scully honors. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County. Dr. Scully is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Karmel L Carothers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Karmel Carothers' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Carothers is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests include ear pain, immunotherapy, and dizziness. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Carothers is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Breast Pain, Ear Pain, Immunotherapy, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, Women's Heart Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohd Iqbal Boda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
3490 Northeast Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mohd Boda's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Dr. Boda graduated from Government Medical College, Srinagar. Dr. Boda is rated highly by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Mahesh Dutt Chandra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Mahesh Chandra works as an internist in Independence, MO. Dr. Chandra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chandra accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Ammon L Verdught, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 200
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Ammon Verdught specializes in general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Verdught focuses on diabetes, diabetes management, and general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Verdught is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Verdught graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Diabetes, General Care

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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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