We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Kansas City, MO.

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

Dr. Nalurporn Chokrungvaranon is a specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chokrungvaranon takes. Dr. Chokrungvaranon obtained her medical school training at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis

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

Dr. Arpeta Gupta works as an adult endocrinologist in Kansas City, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. She takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. She attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Cleveland Clinic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Kelly OBrien, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
average rating 4.6 stars (944 ratings)
24111 Holmes Street; Umkc School of Medicine Residency Program, Ms-302
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kelly O'Brien is a general practitioner and family practice physician in Lees Summit, MO and Kansas City, MO. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Brien include chronic sinusitis, alcohol abuse, and depression. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Brien is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.16 stars (3 ratings)
2700 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 400
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kenneth Mann practices general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes and preventive care. Patient ratings for Dr. Mann average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mann accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mann is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes

Jennifer Kelley MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4.7 stars (141 ratings)
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Kelley works as a family practice physician. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kelley include chronic sinusitis, depression, and sleep apnea. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelley attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is professionally affiliated with Goppert-Trinity Family Care.

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

Dr. Benjamin Petelin's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Petelin honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Petelin is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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

Samuel Teferra MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4.7 stars (97 ratings)
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Samuel Teferra is a family practice physician. Patients rated Dr. Teferra highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include chronic sinusitis, heart problems, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Goppert-Trinity Family Care. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Teferra studied medicine at Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Flower Hospital Family Medicine Residency for his residency.

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Gazala Parvin MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.79 stars (222 ratings)
5151 Troost Avenue; Suite 200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Gazala Parvin specializes in family medicine and general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Kansas City, MO. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parvin's areas of expertise include chronic sinusitis, depression, and sleep apnea. She is affiliated with Goppert-Trinity Family Care. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Parvin attended medical school at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital.

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Dr. Jennifer C. Tieman M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine & Obstetrics
average rating 4.75 stars (115 ratings)
5151 Troost; #200
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Tieman specializes in family medicine & obstetrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Tieman average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Tieman is affiliated with Goppert-Trinity Family Care. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Tieman trained at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago for residency.

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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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