Diabetes can affect more than just your physical health. It can impact your lifestyle, emotions, relationships and finances. But you are not alone when it comes to managing diabetes. At HCA Midwest Health, we offer comprehensive care and the latest treatments for people at risk or who have diabetes. We want to empower you to take control of your risk factors and manage your health. With the right care team you can take charge of your diabetes and lead a full and active life.
We offer prevention and care for:
- Type 1
- Type 2
- Pediatric diabetes
According to the International Diabetes Federation One in two adults with diabetes are undiagnosed (over 212 million people)
Why Choose HCA Midwest Health
- A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of specialists – A diabetes care team that tailors your care to meet your needs and lifestyle
- Over 180 primary care providers throughout the Kansas City area, many with online scheduling
- Board-certified endocrinologists
- Bariatric specialists offering the latest weight loss surgery and procedure options, medical weight loss, education, nutrition counseling, meal planning, exercise planning and support programs
- Cardiologists who specialize in treating patients with diabetes
- Nutritionists and diabetes educators
- Comprehensive support services – A robust diabetes education program at Menorah Medical Center recognized by the American Diabetes Association
- Access to advanced technology and the latest treatments – Including continuous glucose monitors
- Care guided by the latest medical advancements
What is Diabetes?
The pancreas is a large gland located behind your stomach. Beta cells in the pancreas make a hormone called insulin. The beta cells release a certain amount of insulin at certain times in order to regulate your blood sugar. Insulin moves sugar from you blood to your cells where it is needed for energy.
Another hormone, glucagon, is responsible for telling the liver when to release stored sugar. This is needed when your blood sugar gets too low.
A third hormone, GLP-1 assists the pancreas in releasing the right amount of insulin when you eat. GLP-1 can help the pancreas release insulin when blood sugar is too high and lower the amount of sugar made by the liver.
If you have diabetes, your beta cells may not be functioning properly. Overtime, the beta cells decrease and the pancreas makes less and less insulin. In type 1 diabetes patients this process happens suddenly as opposed to overtime.
If you have type 2 diabetes, there also may be other issues including:
- The body may not be using insulin efficiently
- Your body may require much more insulin that normal
- Not enough insulin may be made due to GLP-1 not working normally
- Your liver may release too much sugar
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you should see your primary care physician several times a year to help manage the disease. Your doctor should review your medical history and conduct a physical exam two to three times per year. These check-ups will include nutrition, physical activity, management of diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors (such as weight) and related complications. They will also take your blood pressure and look at your feet. In addition, the following exams should be completed annually:
- A thorough foot exam
- Dilated eye exam
- Fasting lipids
- Kidney test (Urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio)
You should have an A1C test (tests your average blood sugar level) every three months if you are not at goal and every six months if you are stable and meeting goal.
For every one percentage point drop in A1C there is a 40% reduction in the risk of complications
Comprehensive Diabetes Education
HCA Midwest Health offers a diabetes education program at Menorah Medical Center. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and provides comprehensive education including:
- Diabetes fundamentals (What is diabetes and what is the disease process?)
- Meal planning
- Exercise planning
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Medication management
- Prevention of complications
- Psychosocial strategies
- How to stay healthy
Diabetes & Heart Disease
It’s a sobering statistic: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But if you’re diabetic, your risk for heart disease about four time higher. And what’s more unsettling is that 42% of diabetics also have heart disease and they often don’t know they have it.
If you’ve had diabetes, especially if you have had it for a while, you should be screened for heart disease. Because of newer treatments, it is now possible to give people back years of their life. There are medications that lower glucose and can reduce your chance of a heart attack, stroke or death.
Learn more about the link between diabetes and heart disease and what you can do to slow its progression.
Our pediatric endocrinologist, Larry K Midyett, MD sees children at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Mo. Dr. Midyette and him multidisciplinary team of specialists will partner with you and your child to manage their diabetes so they can live a healthy and active life.
Diabetes.org (recent advancements)
Diabetesforecast.org (Everything you need to know about Blood Glucose Meters)