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 is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. In his practice, Dr. Sandoval focuses on diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Sandoval is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. Dr. Sandoval is conversant in Filipino. His hospital/clinic 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 is an adult endocrinologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Alm average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Alm performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Alm has received professional recognition including the following: 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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Independence, MO. Dr. Andrews's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently 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
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Connolly specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Independence, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Connolly include male incontinence, female incontinence, and depression. His professional affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Connolly attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Connolly honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Elizabeth Andes practices general internal medicine in Independence, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: male incontinence, depression, and female incontinence. Dr. Andes's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Andes has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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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 sees patients in Independence, MO. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, anemia, and anxiety. Patient ratings for Dr. Maben average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Maben attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Maben is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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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 medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is affiliated with Carondelet Health and Research Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Mourad attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mourad honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner. Patient reviews placed Dr. Patterson at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patterson honors. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cox Family Medicine Residency for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Louis Orlando's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Orlando speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, emphysema, and depression. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Missouri Health System, St. Luke's Hospital, and Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Orlando is rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orlando accepts.

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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 sees patients in Independence, MO. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Velakaturi graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he 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 practices general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lewis 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 is a family medicine practitioner. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County. Dr. Scully's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scully takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Independence, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: ear pain, immunotherapy, and dizziness. Dr. Carothers is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center. She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Carothers average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Boda attended medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar. His areas of expertise include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Boda is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Chandra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Patient ratings for Dr. Chandra average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chandra is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Jason Bergman works as a family practice physician. Dr. Bergman's clinical interests include thyroid problems, ear pain, and wellness visit. He is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bergman is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.