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We found 50 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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Goodarzi is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodarzi has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Addison's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ruth Russell's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Russell include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Russell performed her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart.

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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 sees patients in Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has a special interest in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Harris has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Harris has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Mathur's clinical interests include obesity, menstrual disorders, and thyroid problems. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Mathur completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. She is 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' specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Pekarovics (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, obesity, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Pekarovics is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She graduated from Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pekarovics has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Great-West Healthcare, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: 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 and practices in Culver City, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and West Hollywood, CA. Dr. Aggarwal's areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Aggarwal has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Aggarwal is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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 works as a general internist. Dr. Shakibai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Shakibai include menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Shakibai is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Shakibai's training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Womack Batzdorf is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is especially interested in diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Womack Batzdorf is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Womack Batzdorf is conversant in German.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Bereliani (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. These areas are among his clinical interests: shortness of breath (dyspnea), angina, and angioplasty. Dr. Bereliani is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The average patient rating for Dr. Bereliani is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bereliani takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bereliani has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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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 works as an internist. Dr. Andrews's areas of expertise include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Andrews attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Depression, Type 1 Diabetes, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Contraception, Edema, Herpes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lyle Kurtz is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, depression, and bronchitis. Dr. Kurtz is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Kurtz's training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Kurtz has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Ehsan Ali practices general internal medicine. He attended the University of Karachi and Baqai Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Ali's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), tonsilitis, and warts. Patient ratings for Dr. Ali average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali accepts. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Pain, Hepatitis, Type 1 Diabetes, Hip Problems, Heartburn, Immunization, Ear Infection, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Copen's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Copen include hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). The average patient rating for Dr. Copen is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Copen trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other, Geriatrics
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 505
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Stone's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Stone include sinusitis (sinus infection), tonsilitis, and depression. Dr. Stone has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Stone takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

Dr. Amy Rutman is a general internist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Rutman's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, snoring, and sports physicals. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Rutman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Rhode Island Hospital.

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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.