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

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Dr. Larry Kurt Midyett, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
4321 Washington; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Larry Midyett is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Midyett include diabetes, growth problems, and turner syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Midyett accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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

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

Dr. Mitchell Hamburg practices adult endocrinology. Dr. Hamburg's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and thyroid problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Hamburg attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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. 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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All Interests: Bone Diseases, 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 sees patients in Kansas City, MO. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, well woman care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Singh is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Well Woman Care, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Internal Medicine

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

Dr. Scott Russell's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Russell include diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, and blood pressure problems. Dr. Russell is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Russell's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Smith honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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, Elder Care

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

Dr. Matthew Sutton's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Sutton focuses on internal medicine, preventive cardiology, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Sutton is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Sutton attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Preventive Cardiology, Diabetes, Internal Medicine

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

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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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