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Diabetes: Controlled blood sugar

Diabetes is a disease that keeps your body from making or using insulin. Insulin helps your body take sugar from the blood and put it in muscle and fat where it can be used or stored. When you have diabetes, the process of changing food into energy doesn't work well. Sugar builds up in your blood. If blood sugar stays too high, it can slowly cause problems to your heart, kidneys, eyes and feet.

To have excellent control of your diabetes, you must pay close attention to your diet, control your portion sizes and get regular exercise. In addition to this, your doctor may prescribe medication that you must take regularly. Some patients must check their blood sugars by sticking their fingers and using a home blood sugar meter. Patients should bring a record of these to each doctor's visit to help monitor how well they are controlling blood sugars between visits.

You can work with your doctor to understand your diabetes and stay healthy. This will help you feel better and lower your chances of having heart disease or other problems due to diabetes.

If you have diabetes, make sure you get regular check-ups that include the following tests:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Blood test for A1c. This test shows the average blood sugar level for 2 to 3 months.
  • Blood test for cholesterol level. This test shows the level of cholesterol, a fat, waxy-like substance, in your blood.
  • Eye exam
  • Blood and urine tests to check how the kidneys are working


There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually is first diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not respond as it should to insulin. Both adults and children can get type 2 diabetes.

Who is at risk for diabetes?
Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Older age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes during a pregnancy. This is called gestational diabetes.
  • Higher than normal levels of blood sugar. This is called impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes.
  • Not exercising enough


Risk factors for type 1 diabetes are less clear than they are for type 2 diabetes. Family history, genetics, and problems with the body’s system for fighting infection give a higher risk for type 1 diabetes.

This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had blood sugar control. An 8.0 or lower score on this measure is better. Control is generally considered as an A1C less than 8.0 or less. Your doctor will help you understand your A1c goal.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
Keeping your blood sugars in good control may help to slow the bad effects of diabetes like heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations from poor circulation and other problems. Patients and physicians need to work together to develop a plan of care that will work well in controlling your A1C levels.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good blood sugar control requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. Work with your doctor to understand your diabetes and how to manage your blood sugar levels. Pay close attention to your diet, control your portion sizes and get regular exercise. Monitor your blood sugar at home with finger sticks if your doctor recommends that. This will help you feel better and lower your chances of developing problems.

How does diabetes affect our community?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 8.6% of adults have diabetes in the Kansas City region.
  • In 2003, Kansas City (MO) hospital admissions with diabetes as the principal diagnosis resulted in 5,440 days of care provided with hospital charges over $17 million.

 

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Greater Kansas City Area Average: 77.2%

National Average: N/A



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 and 2012 report reflect information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
ALVAREZ CLINIC ALVAREZ CLINIC 45 62.2%
0.622
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 38 63.2%
0.632
BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE 44 84.1%
0.841
BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 50 64%
0.64
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 190 73.7%
0.737
BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE 51 74.5%
0.745
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 141 78.7%
0.787
CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES 57 80.7%
0.807
CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE 73 63%
0.63
CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE 42 71.4%
0.714
CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE 37 86.5%
0.865
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 191 86.9%
0.869
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 374 85.3%
0.853
CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE 47 91.5%
0.915
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 154 72.7%
0.727
CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE 52 90.4%
0.904
Dr. Charles E McGrath DR. CHARLES E MCGRATH 47 72.3%
0.723
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 1066 78%
0.78
FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY 47 66%
0.66
FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE 68 75%
0.75
FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT 32 71.9%
0.719
FAMILY HEALTH GROUP FAMILY HEALTH GROUP 71 78.9%
0.789
FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP 228 81.1%
0.811
FAMILY MEDICINE FAMILY MEDICINE 53 77.4%
0.774
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES 72 80.6%
0.806
FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE 50 82%
0.82
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 35 74.3%
0.743
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 112 74.1%
0.741
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 123 70.7%
0.707
GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC 34 73.5%
0.735
HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE 60 75%
0.75
HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP 65 86.2%
0.862
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES 43 72.1%
0.721
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 38 73.7%
0.737
JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP 169 82.8%
0.828
KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL 65 75.4%
0.754
KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE 144 72.9%
0.729
LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER 34 67.6%
0.676
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 90 76.7%
0.767
LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC 35 88.6%
0.886
LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS 84 92.9%
0.929
MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY 163 67.5%
0.675
MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA 42 78.6%
0.786
MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE 48 81.3%
0.813
MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE 68 83.8%
0.838
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 158 65.2%
0.652
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 41 78%
0.78
OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC 73 72.6%
0.726
OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE 34 79.4%
0.794
POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE 44 75%
0.75
PROVIDENCE CARE PROVIDENCE CARE 57 71.9%
0.719
REGINALD HALL MD REGINALD HALL MD 125 68%
0.68
ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 32 78.1%
0.781
SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE 37 83.8%
0.838
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 377 80.4%
0.804
ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE 39 82.1%
0.821
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT 41 63.4%
0.634
ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH 65 80%
0.8
STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 30 83.3%
0.833
STATLAND CLINIC STATLAND CLINIC 64 78.1%
0.781
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 67 73.1%
0.731
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 63 79.4%
0.794
TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP 43 65.1%
0.651
UNITED MEDICAL GROUP UNITED MEDICAL GROUP 32 75%
0.75
WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP 53 66%
0.66
WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP 37 78.4%
0.784