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We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Chula Vista, CA.

Dr. Georges Maxime Argoud, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
340 Fourth Avenue; Suite 7a
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Georges Argoud specializes in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, growth problems, and osteoporosis. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Argoud takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Argoud performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Juan M Calderon, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
340 4th Avenue; Suite 12
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Juan Calderon is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Calderon's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. Dr. Calderon completed his residency training at Hartford Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Kevin Charles Considine, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 350
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Considine's area of specialization is family medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and psoriasis. Dr. Considine is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Considine is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Warren Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. John Richard Pedrotty Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 1st Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty specializes in family medicine. He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Pedrotty include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pedrotty accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Iyabo Olatokunbo Daramola, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
2401 Reo Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Iyabo Daramola speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Daramola include diabetes, cryotherapy, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before completing her residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Daramola attended medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Dr. Daramola's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Leon R Kelley, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 220
San Diego, CA
 

Patients rated Dr. Leon Kelley highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelley include warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. In addition to English, Dr. Kelley speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Gregory T Czer, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
754 Medical Center Court; Suite 100
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Czer is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Czer's areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), sleep apnea, and nutrition issues. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Czer accepts. Dr. Czer is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Czer has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Dr. David Preston Hansen, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
754 Medical Center Court; #100
Chula Vista, CA
 

Patients rated Dr. David Hansen highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, preventive care, and arthritis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hansen attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Hansen's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hansen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Preventive Care, Weight Management, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Rocio M Flores, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
480 4th Avenue; Suite 516
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Rocio Flores' specialty is adult hospital medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, general care, and women's health issues. Dr. Flores is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Flores's practice is open to new patients. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Peter Kelly's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, kidney stones, and recurrent infections. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly takes. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kelly trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
752 Medical Center Court; Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Elaine Curtis' areas of specialization are family medicine and general internal medicine; she sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Curtis's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and then she performed her residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Curtis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Curtis is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting new patients.

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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.