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

Dr. Madhavi Yarlagadda, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2820 East Rock Haven Road; Suite 205
Harrisonville, MO

Dr. Madhavi Yarlagadda is an adult endocrinologist in Kansas City, MO, Lees Summit, MO, and Harrisonville, MO. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yarlagadda accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Osmania Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Abington Memorial Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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

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Dr. Nichole D Van Duyne, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2800 East Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO

Dr. Nichole Clark works as a pulmonologist in Kansas City, MO, Clinton, MO, and Belton, MO. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Clark is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Tube Thoracostomy, Osteoporosis, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shari L Ommen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2820 E. Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO

Dr. Shari Ommen works as a family medicine practitioner and general OB/GYN. Her areas of expertise include labor and delivery (childbirth), chronic sinusitis, and heart problems. She is affiliated with Research Medical Center. Dr. Ommen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ommen accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Bradley Huse Sullivan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2800 East Rock Haven Road; 2800 East Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO

Dr. Bradley Sullivan is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Sullivan average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: labor and delivery (childbirth) and da vinci surgery. Dr. Sullivan is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, Dr. Sullivan attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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.