We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Lansing, KS.

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Dr. Amanda Megan Weeks, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1001 6th Avenue; Suite 230
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. Amanda Bell's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bell include diabetes, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), and thyroid cancer. Dr. Bell accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Bell's professional 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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All Interests: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Hormone Therapy, Thyroid Cancer

David Owens, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 120
Lansing, KS

Dr. David Owens is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Owens's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass labor and delivery (childbirth). He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Owens's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Incontinence, Vaginal Cancer, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Paul Owen Gorby
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 180
Lansing, KS

Dr. Paul Gorby works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Saint John Hospital (Leavenworth, KS), and Shawnee Mission Health. His training includes a residency program at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland. Dr. Gorby accepts several insurance carriers, including Fortis, Coventry, and Viant.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Palliative Care

Dolly Marie Stelzer
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1001 6th Avenue; Suite 340
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. Dolly Stelzer's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. She is especially interested in sports injuries. Dr. Stelzer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road, and Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital. She honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Heel Pain, Sports Injuries, Wounds, Hammer Toe, Ingrown Toenails, Elder Care, Bunions, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard E Whitlow, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1004 Progress Drive; Suite 220
Lansing, KS

Dr. Richard Whitlow is an internist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and chronic illness. Dr. Whitlow is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. Dr. Whitlow is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Chronic Illness




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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.
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