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. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Goodarzi is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 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)

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

Dr. Ruth Russell is an adult endocrinology specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Russell's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Russell 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

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

Dr. Michael Harris' specialty is adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Harris a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harris takes. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Harris attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Harris 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

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8723 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Odelia Cooper's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Cooper's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She 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
6360 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Susan Pekarovics specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Pekarovics has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pekarovics include disorders of calcium metabolism, obesity, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Cigna, and CIGNA Plans. She studied medicine at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pekarovics has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Pekarovics (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. She is 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 works as an adult endocrinologist in Los Angeles, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Mathur average 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include obesity, menstrual disorders, and thyroid problems. Dr. Mathur is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba.

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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 a general internist in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. His clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and depression. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shakibai takes. Dr. Shakibai obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Shakibai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shakibai 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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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 studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Womack Batzdorf average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Womack Batzdorf is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks German. She is professionally 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

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 highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include sinusitis (sinus infection), tonsilitis, and warts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Ali is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Karachi and Baqai Medical University. Dr. Ali completed his residency training at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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)

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

Dr. Payman Vahedifar is a specialist in adult nephrology and geriatrics (elderly care). He works in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Vahedifar graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Clinical interests for Dr. Vahedifar include kidney stones, nutrition counseling, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vahedifar's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vahedifar (or staff) speaks French and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Arash Bereliani sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bereliani include shortness of breath (dyspnea), angina, and angioplasty. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to 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) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Bereliani is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Type 1 Diabetes, Aortic Valve Surgery, Dizziness, Aortic Stenosis, Aortic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lyle Kurtz is a general internist. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Kurtz attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, depression, and bronchitis. Dr. Kurtz's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurtz accepts. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kurtz is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kurtz is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Depression, Type 1 Diabetes, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinay Aggarwal practices general internal medicine in Culver City, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and West Hollywood, CA. He is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Aggarwal's training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Aggarwal honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Steven E Kamara, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6221 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 617
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kamara specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Kamara (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian. His areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, and skin issues. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Kamara performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Kamara is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kamara's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult nephrology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Copen include hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Copen performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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

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

Dr. Charlene Lichtash's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Lichtash attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lichtash completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lichtash honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lichtash is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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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