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We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Options PPO near Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Mitchell Stephen Hamburg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4321 Washington; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Mitchell Hamburg is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hamburg is especially interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Hamburg is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamburg is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Larry Kurt Midyett, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Larry Midyett is a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Midyett's clinical interests encompass diabetes, growth problems, and turner syndrome. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for his residency. Dr. Midyett is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Turner Syndrome, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Nalurporn Chokrungvaranon, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4321 Washington; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Nalurporn Chokrungvaranon specializes in adult endocrinology. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa for her residency. Dr. Chokrungvaranon's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Arpeta Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4321 Washington; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Arpeta Gupta is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Kansas City, MO. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Gupta is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. She attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. She is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Carol Blackburn, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Linda Singh's specialty is general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Singh attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and general care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Singh honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Matthew B Sutton, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Sutton's specialty is general internal medicine. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). These areas are among his clinical interests: general care and preventive cardiology. Dr. Sutton's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Sutton is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Preventive Cardiology, Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Benjamin M Petelin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2027
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Benjamin Petelin is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Petelin include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Petelin's education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Petelin average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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All Interests: Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Hypertension, Stent Placement, Aneurysm, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Christopher Russell, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Scott Russell is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Russell include diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, and blood pressure problems. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Russell honors. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Russell's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

Dr. Cameron Lee Smith, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4320 Wornall Medical Plaza; 2 Ste 65
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Cameron Smith specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Smith's clinical interests encompass diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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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.