Test For Diabetes Joplin MO

By Karin Evans Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that's what happened. For at least a year I'd been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of thi...

Susana D'Amico, MD
(417) 627-8700
3126 S Jackson Ave Ste 200
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central De Venezuela, Esc De Med "luis Razetti", Caracas
Graduation Year: 1990

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Bharathi Raju, MD
(314) 543-5285
12700 Southfork Rd Ste 225
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1995

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Clifford Allen Birge, MD
(314) 997-2529
222 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 750N
Chesterfield, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington University Sch. Of Med.: MD: 1961
Graduation Year: 1961

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Kanjirapallil George Thampy
(314) 842-1588
10004 Kennerly Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Wu Wen, MD
(314) 363-7617
660 S Euclid Ave Campus Box 8127
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Anhui Medical University, China: MD: 1987
Graduation Year: 1987

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David Ellis Dugger, MD
(417) 627-8370
2817 Mc Clelland Blvd Ste 50
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Freeman Hosp -West, Joplin, Mo; St Johns Reg Medctr, Joplin, Mo
Group Practice: Mercy Health Ctr

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Richard Hellman, MD
(816) 421-3700
2750 Clay Edwards Dr Ste 210
North Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: North Kansas City Hospital, N Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Hellman & Rosen Endocrine

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LaVonne A Berg
(417) 328-6738
1551 N. Oakland
Bolivar, MO
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Anjanette Sia Lin Tan, MD
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1998

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Luis A Hinojosa, MD
(417) 466-2640
1319 S Landrum St Ste B
Mount Vernon, MO
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Boliviana Mayor De San Andres, Fac De Cien, La Paz, Bolivia
Graduation Year: 1970

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What You Don't Know About Diabetes...

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By Karin Evans

Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that’s what happened.

For at least a year I’d been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of things to take care of myself: eating healthfully, running every day, practicing yoga when I could. But overall, my energy was droopy and getting worse.

I went for a checkup. The doctor did the standard tests, asked the standard questions. “Getting enough sleep?” “As much as I can,” I answered with a shrug. I had other, minor, complaints—blurry vision, numb fingers, a pain in the ball of one foot—and was sent to the appropriate specialists. I was given reassurances, eyedrops, a wrist brace. And so I went home, vowing to pop a few more vitamins, have a massage, get to bed earlier.

Then I started feeling fluish. I figured it was just the generic winter cold or flu, but it hung on for two weeks, then three. A month later I could hardly get out of bed. I began to crave liquids, my feet flopped when I walked, and my mind began to work strangely. My eyes became so blurry that I couldn’t read my computer screen or watch the nightly news. When I stepped on the scale, I found I had lost five pounds, even though I had stopped exercising by this point. The next week I lost five more.

“I think I’m dying,” I said casually to my husband. The colors of the room seemed brighter and my head was filled with German and Mandarin, languages I had studied but didn’t normally speak. “This can’t go on,” he said, so the next day I dragged myself to a new physician.

The doctor listened and sent for the nurse, who pricked my finger and tested my blood. The doctor looked at the results and whistled softly. “You have diabetes,” he said. Then he sent me to the emergency room.

I lay in the ER with an insulin drip in my arm while they did a bunch of tests. Then they told me I had something called diabetic ketoacidosis, which is basically a way station on the road to a diabetic coma. In this state, blood sugar levels are sky high. My reading was 675. Yours, if you are reading this, don’t have diabetes, and have not just consumed a huge banana split, is probably around 80 or 110 max.

The young nurse who took care of me kept shaking her head. “When they said we had a case of ketoacidosis, I kept looking around the ER for someone really overweight and in bad shape. I couldn’t believe it was you.”

“Me either,” I said weakly. It’s not that I thought diabetes was a rare illness. I’d read the statistics. In this country, an estimated one out of three people born in the year 2000 will develop the disease. And I’d heard enough about the complications that can ensue—blindness, heart attack, amputation, and kidney failure—to know that diabetes is a very scary disease.

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