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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana near Harrisonville, MO.

Madhavi Yarlagadda MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2820 East Rock Haven Road; Suite 205
Harrisonville, MO
(816) 380-8080; (816) 524-2626

Dr. Madhavi Yarlagadda is an adult endocrinology specialist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yarlagadda honors. Dr. Yarlagadda is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Yarlagadda is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Biopsies, Bone Density (Bone Densitometry), Continuous Glucose Sensors (Glucose Monitoring), ... (Read more)

Nichole D Van Duyne (Clark VanDuyne) DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2800 East Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO
(816) 333-1919; (816) 380-8080

Dr. Nichole Clark works as an adult pulmonologist. She is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center. She graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Clark accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Arterial Line Placement, Bronchoprovocation Test, Bronchoscopy, Central Line Placement, Central ... (Read more)

Ms. Shari L Ommen MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
2820 E. Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO
(816) 995-3017; (816) 276-7600

Dr. Shari Ommen practices family medicine and general obstetrics & gynecology in Kansas City, MO, Lees Summit, MO, and Harrisonville, MO. Dr. Ommen's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, heart problems, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a graduate of SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis' residency program. Dr. Ommen has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Infection, Obesity, Obstetrics and ... (Read more)

Bradley Huse Sullivan MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2800 East Rock Haven Road; 2800 East Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO
(816) 348-4270; (816) 444-6888

Dr. Bradley Sullivan is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Kansas City, MO, Belton, MO, and Harrisonville, MO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Sullivan average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sullivan has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Colposcopy, C-Section (Cesarean Section), D & C (Dilation & Curettage), Endometrial Ablation, ... (Read more)


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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.