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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Lees Summit, MO. He is conversant in Filipino. In his practice, Dr. Sandoval focuses on diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid cancer. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Sandoval attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Ann Alm, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 245
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Kathleen Alm is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Alm attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Alm is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolic Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Bone ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Andrews, who practices in Independence, MO, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Andrews is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Andrews attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa for residency.

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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, Geriatrics
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Connolly practices general internal medicine in Independence, MO. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Connolly completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Connolly include depression, dementia, and diabetes. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Connolly takes. Dr. Connolly's professional affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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 is a general internist. Her clinical interests include depression, dementia, and diabetes. Dr. Andes is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Andes is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Pamela Maben's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, anemia, and anxiety. Dr. Maben's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Maben's hospital/clinic affiliations include Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Louis Orlando works as a general internist. He is conversant in Telugu. Dr. Orlando's clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Orlando's training includes residency programs at the University of Missouri Health System, St. Luke's Hospital, and Truman Medical Centers. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orlando takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinod Velakaturi practices general internal medicine. Dr. Velakaturi has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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 is a general internist in Blue Springs, MO and Independence, MO. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Ibrahim Mourad is a physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mourad completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His hospital/clinic 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 is an Independence, MO physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Patterson is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Patterson completed her residency training at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Patterson is affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Karmel Carothers' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Carothers's clinical interests include ear pain, immunotherapy, and dizziness. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. She 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 practices adult hospital medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Boda include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. Dr. Boda is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Srinagar. He is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Breast Pain, Depression, Ear Pain, Ankle Sprain, Eczema, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mahesh Chandra's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Chandra's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chandra (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi.

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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 is a family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Scully include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. His professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scully takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Jason B Bergman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17421 Medical Center Parkway
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jason Bergman is a physician who specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Bergman a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bergman include thyroid problems, ear pain, and wellness visit. He is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Bergman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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.