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

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Larry Kurt Midyett M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 4.95 stars (10 ratings)
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Larry Midyett is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, growth problems, and turner syndrome. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Midyett accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Midyett attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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All Interests: Growth Problems, Turner Syndrome, Diabetes

Mitchell S. Hamburg M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 4.17 stars (25 ratings)
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Mitchell Hamburg is an adult endocrinology specialist in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Hamburg's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and thyroid problems. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Hamburg is professionally affiliated with 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 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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All Interests: Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Linda C. Singh M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
average rating 3.91 stars (6 ratings)
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Linda Singh sees patients in Kansas City, MO. Her medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Singh honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Annual Gynecological Exam, Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Dr. Scott C. Russell MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 2.25 stars (1 rating)
4321 Washington Street; Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Scott Russell's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Russell has a special interest in diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, and blood pressure problems. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Russell is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

Cameron Lee Smith D.O.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 65
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Cameron Smith's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Smith's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Smith trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. 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. 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

Rebecca K. Captain FNP-C, RN-BC
Specializes in Family Medicine
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Ms. Rebecca Captain's area of specialization is family medicine. Ms. Captain has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's Cardiovascular Consultants, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, 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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