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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 works as an adult endocrinologist. He speaks Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandoval include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid cancer. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road. After completing medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Sandoval accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Kathleen Alm practices adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Alm's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alm takes. She 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 E 39th Street; Suite 245
Independence, MO
 

Dr. William Andrews is an adult endocrinology specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Andrews is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa.

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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 works as an internist in Independence, MO. Dr. Connolly's areas of expertise include the following: depression, dementia, and diabetes. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Connolly obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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' medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Andes's clinical interests: depression, dementia, and diabetes. Patient ratings for Dr. Andes average 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andes honors. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Andes is 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 works as a general internist. Dr. Orlando graduated from 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. His clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and depression. Dr. Orlando 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. He is conversant in Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Vinod Velakaturi sees patients in Independence, MO. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Velakaturi's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Velakaturi's residency was performed at the University of Kansas 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's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Independence, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Maben average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, anemia, and anxiety. Dr. Maben is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending 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

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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. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Lewis an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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 A
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Patterson's medical specialty is family medicine. She is affiliated with Research Medical Center. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Patterson completed her residency training at Cox Family Medicine Residency. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Ibrahim Mourad specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Independence, MO and Saint Louis, MO. He attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. Dr. Mourad takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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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 specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bergman include thyroid problems, ear pain, and wellness visit. Dr. Bergman is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Bergman has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes 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. Karmel L Carothers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200 A
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Karmel Carothers' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carothers include ear pain, immunotherapy, and dizziness. Dr. Carothers is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Carothers attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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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
3600 Ne Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mohd Boda works as an internal medicine hospitalist. Dr. Boda's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Boda include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Government Medical College, Srinagar. Dr. Boda is 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 sees patients in Independence, MO. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. 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 practice physician in Blue Springs, MO. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Scully's clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Scully attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County. 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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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.