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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Goodarzi's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Odelia Cooper specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Cooper's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Cooper completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cooper has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Russell at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Russell attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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 an adult endocrinology specialist in Beverly Hills, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Harris has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Harris's training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Harris is 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
6360 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Susan Pekarovics, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Pekarovics (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, obesity, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pekarovics's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Pekarovics 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 Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive; Room 290
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ruchi Mathur's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mathur average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mathur include obesity, menstrual disorders, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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.

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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 in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shakibai include menopause, migraine, and depression. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shakibai's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shakibai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Shakibai's practice is open to 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 has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Womack Batzdorf speaks German. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include sinusitis (sinus infection), tonsilitis, and warts. Dr. Ali takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Ali attended medical school at the University of Karachi and Baqai Medical University. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ali's professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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 specialty is adult nephrology. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise consist of hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patient reviews placed Dr. Copen at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Copen is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

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

Dr. John Andrews is an internist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Andrews is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Clinical interests for Dr. Andrews include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Dr. Andrews takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

Dr. Arash Bereliani is an adult cardiology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Bereliani is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include shortness of breath (dyspnea), angina, and angioplasty. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Bereliani attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Bereliani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

Dr. Lyle Kurtz is a general internist in Beverly Hills, CA. After completing medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Kurtz include back pain, depression, and bronchitis. Dr. Kurtz's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kurtz has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks 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
8733 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 408
West Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Vinay Aggarwal is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include depression, heart problems, and colorectal cancer screening. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aggarwal attended Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Aggarwal is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology, Geriatrics
8635 W 3rd Street; Ste# 865w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Payman Vahedifar is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology and geriatrics (elderly care). Patient ratings for Dr. Vahedifar average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vahedifar's clinical interests include kidney stones, nutrition counseling, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vahedifar has an open panel. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Vahedifar (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Charlene Lichtash works as an internist in Sylmar, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Lichtash's clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Lichtash graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Lichtash trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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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.