Diabetes & Endocrinology
At TMC, we know how devastating the effects of diabetes can be. With more than 14,000 patients visits in our Diabetes Center annually, we are well equipped to handle all aspects of the disease.
The Diabetes Center offers a state-of-the-art facility to better serve the needs of our patients. We believe in helping our patients manage their diabetes on a planned, rather than episodic basis. The comprehensive team-approach connects patients with specially trained physicians and nursing staff. The team coordinates care with other specialty service provides, such as ophthalmology, cardiology, podiatry, and other referrals as needed.
The Diabetes Center includes:
- A patient resource center with computer access
- A diabetes education classroom
- Large consultation rooms for group or individual instruction related to disease and nutrition
- A patient waiting area designed for comfort
- Expanded exam rooms with advanced technology with access to electronic health records
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are destroyed by the patients own body. These patients make no insulin and must be treated with insulin. A major factor in the development of Type 2 Diabetes is insulin resistance and insulin deficiency. These are worsened by obesity and lack of exercise. Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at increased risk of kidney, eye, and nerve damage which can be prevented by good glucose control. Patients with diabetes frequently also have hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and heart disease.
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Here are some warning signs:
Type 1 Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and irritability
Type 2 Diabetes*
- Any of the type 1 symptoms
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms
If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, contact the experts at the TMC Diabetes Center.
For more information, please call 816-404-4070.
Meet Our Providers
Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP, FACE
Brandon Barthel, MD, Endocrinologist
Peminda K. Cabandugama, MD, Endocrinologist
Mahu Abu-Kishk, MD, Endocrine Fellow
Divya Painter, BSN, MSN, NP-C
Lamont G. Weide MD, PhD, FACE
All of our providers are accepting new patients. For information call the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at 816-404-4070.