We found 19 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity near Blue Springs, MO.

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Dr. Renato Mendoza Sandoval, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 200
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Renato Sandoval is a Lees Summit, MO physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Sandoval speaks Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandoval include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road. After attending the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Sandoval honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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

Dr. Kathleen Alm's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Alm's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Mayo Clinic. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolic Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. William V Andrews, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 245
Independence, MO
 

Dr. William Andrews practices adult endocrinology. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa for residency. Patients gave Dr. Andrews an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Andrews is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Subramanian Sivarajan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
19403 East 37th Terrace Court South
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Subramanian Sivarajan's specialty is adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney problems. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sivarajan honors. He attended medical school at Madras Medical College, Stanley Medical College, and Thanjavur Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Sivarajan trained at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Sivarajan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Belton Regional Medical Center, and Lafayette Regional Health Center. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerular Diseases, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Chronic Kidney Disease

John Connolly, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Connolly works as an internist in Independence, MO. These areas are among his clinical interests: male incontinence, female incontinence, and depression. Dr. Connolly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Centerpoint Medical Center. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Connolly average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Jennifer Patterson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Patterson's specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Patterson average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Patterson's education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency. She is affiliated with Research Hospital and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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

Mahesh Chandra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Mahesh Chandra's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Chandra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Chandra's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Pamela Maben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Pamela Maben works as a general internist and geriatrician. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, anemia, and sleep apnea. Dr. Maben's professional affiliations include Research Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maben is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Elizabeth Andes, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Andes specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Independence, MO. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Andes include male incontinence, depression, and female incontinence. Her professional affiliations include Research Hospital and Centerpoint Medical Center. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Andes graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Karmel Carothers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Karmel Carothers specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Independence, MO. Dr. Carothers graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Her areas of expertise include the following: ear pain, primary care, and immunotherapy. Patients rated Dr. Carothers highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Her professional affiliations include Menorah Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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Dr. Ammon L Verdught, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 200
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Ammon Verdught's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Verdught has a special interest in diabetes, diabetes management, and internal medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Verdught takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes Management, Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Bruce Scully, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
725 North West State Route 7; Suite A
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Bruce Scully is a family medicine physician in Blue Springs, MO. His clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. Dr. Scully is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Scully performed his residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County. He is professionally affiliated with Research Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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Louis Orlando, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Louis Orlando specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Independence, MO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, St. Luke's Hospital, and Truman Medical Centers. Areas of expertise for Dr. Orlando include diabetes, emphysema, and depression. Patients gave Dr. Orlando an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orlando honors. He is conversant in Telugu. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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Jason Bergman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17421 Medical Center Parkway
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jason Bergman practices family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, ear pain, and primary care. He is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Bergman performed his residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bergman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Marjon Gillbanks, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Marjon Gillbanks' specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Gillbanks has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency.

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Dr. Frank H Lewis, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
100 Nw Mock Avenue; Suite 100
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Frank Lewis practices general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lewis is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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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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