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We found 52 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA Plans near Beverly Hills, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive; Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mark Goodarzi practices adult endocrinology. Dr. Goodarzi's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Goodarzi has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8501 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ruth Russell specializes in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Russell is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Russell's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Russell trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Michael Harris is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). The average patient rating for Dr. Harris is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Harris is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Odelia Cooper's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cooper include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cooper takes.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive; Room 290
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ruchi Mathur practices adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, menstrual disorders, and thyroid problems. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Mathur takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Mathur obtained her medical school training at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6360 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Susan Pekarovics practices adult endocrinology. Dr. Pekarovics (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Her areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, obesity, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Pekarovics is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Pekarovics graduated from Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8733 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 408
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Vinay Aggarwal specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Aggarwal include menopause, migraine, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aggarwal has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Shamim Vahid Shakibai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8733 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 408
West Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Shamim Shakibai's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Shakibai honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shakibai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Shakibai's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Stacy Lorae Womack Batzdorf, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3849 Ventura Canyon
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Stacy Womack Batzdorf is a general internist in Berkeley, CA and Sherman Oaks, CA. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Womack Batzdorf average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Womack Batzdorf is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in German. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, General Care, Cancer Screening, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
125 N. Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Arash Bereliani's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Bereliani's areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), angina, and angioplasty. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Bereliani is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bereliani (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
200 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 205
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. John Andrews is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Andrews include tonsilitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Andrews is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Andrews graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8920 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 323
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Lyle Kurtz is a Beverly Hills, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include back pain, depression, and bronchitis. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kurtz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kurtz studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kurtz completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kurtz is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
8631 W 3rd Street; #1140e
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Copen, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Copen's clinical interests: hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Copen attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems

Dr. Ehsan Ali, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9400 Brighton Way; Suite 410
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ehsan Ali is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include tonsilitis, warts, and contraception (birth control). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali takes. Dr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Karachi and Baqai Medical University and a graduate of Flushing Hospital Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ali's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other, Geriatrics
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 518
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Stone practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Stone graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, depression, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Stone's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 606
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Amy Rutman works as an internist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: tonsilitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. Dr. Rutman is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Rutman honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Rhode Island Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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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.