We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Kansas City, MO.

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

Dr. Nalurporn Chokrungvaranon is an endocrinologist in Kansas City, MO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Chokrungvaranon attended medical school at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Chokrungvaranon takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Chokrungvaranon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis

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

Dr. Arpeta Gupta is an adult endocrinology specialist. In Dr. Gupta's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gupta takes. Before completing her residency at Cleveland Clinic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Gupta attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2700 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 400
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kenneth Mann specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Mann is especially interested in diabetes and preventive care. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Mann attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Jennifer A Kelley, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Kelley is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Kelley has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kelley completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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Dr. Kelly Anne OBrien, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
24111 Holmes Street; Umkc School of Medicine Residency Program, Ms-302
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kelly O'Brien's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. O'Brien has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, alcohol abuse, and depression. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. Dr. O'Brien is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2700 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 400
N Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Varaporn Treemaneekarn's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Treemaneekarn accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Treemaneekarn attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Treemaneekarn is conversant in Thai. Dr. Treemaneekarn is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Treemaneekarn has an open panel.

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Dr. Samuel Teferra, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Samuel Teferra sees patients in Kansas City, MO. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Teferra graduated from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Flower Hospital Family Medicine Residency. His clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, heart problems, and depression. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Teferra is professionally affiliated with Research Hospital.

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Dr. Benjamin M Petelin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Benjamin Petelin practices general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Petelin attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Petelin's residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Chronic Illness

Dr. Gazala Parvin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Gazala Parvin sees patients in Kansas City, MO. Her medical specialties are family medicine and general obstetrics & gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parvin include chronic sinusitis, depression, and sleep apnea. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Parvin attended medical school at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital. She is affiliated with Research Hospital.

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Dr. Jennifer C Tieman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine & Obstetrics
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Tieman is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in family medicine & obstetrics. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Tieman include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Tieman is professionally affiliated with Research Hospital.

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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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