We found 50 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA Plans near Beverly Hills, CA.

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

Dr. Mark Goodarzi sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodarzi include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Goodarzi is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Goodarzi studied medicine at 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). He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Odelia Cooper is an endocrinologist. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cooper's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Cooper has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ruth Russell is an adult endocrinologist in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Before performing her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Russell attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. In Dr. Russell's practice, she is particularly interested in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She is professionally 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

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

Dr. Michael Harris is an adult endocrinology specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harris include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Harris is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harris studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Harris completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Harris include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

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

Dr. Susan Pekarovics' specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Pekarovics's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, obesity, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Great-West Healthcare, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pekarovics is a graduate of Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Pekarovics (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Bulimia, Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ruchi Mathur is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. After attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, menstrual disorders, and thyroid problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mathur at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Weight Loss, Weight Management, Menstrual Disorders, Obesity, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shamim Shakibai is an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Shakibai include menopause, migraine, and depression. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shakibai is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Shakibai attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Shakibai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shakibai is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He 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 specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Womack Batzdorf average 2.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. Dr. Womack Batzdorf takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Womack Batzdorf is conversant in German. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She has an open panel.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ali's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), tonsilitis, and warts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Ali attended the University of Karachi and Baqai Medical University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ali is professionally 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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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

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

Dr. Vinay Aggarwal specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, heart problems, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Aggarwal is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Aggarwal's training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aggarwal takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Copen's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Copen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

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

Dr. John Andrews sees patients in Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Dr. Andrews is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He 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). Dr. Andrews is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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)

Dr. Houshmand Joseph Naim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8631 W. 3rd Street; Suit #444
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Houshmand Naim works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Los Angeles, CA and Wilmongton, CA. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Naim completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Naim honors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Arash Bereliani is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bereliani include shortness of breath (dyspnea), angina, and angioplasty. His 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 Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Bereliani graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Bereliani (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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
8920 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 323
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Lyle Kurtz practices general internal medicine in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Kurtz speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kurtz include back pain, depression, and bronchitis. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His education and training includes medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kurtz accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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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's medical specialty is adult nephrology and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Vahedifar's clinical interests include kidney stones, nutrition counseling, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Vahedifar's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Vahedifar (or staff) speaks French and Persian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting new patients.

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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.
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