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

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

Dr. Juan Calderon is an adult endocrinologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Calderon attended National University of San Marcos and then went on to complete his residency at Hartford Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Calderon speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Georges Argoud works as an endocrinologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Argoud include diabetes, growth problems, and osteoporosis. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Argoud completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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. Dr. Considine is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, cryotherapy, and psoriasis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Warren Hospital. Dr. Considine is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Pedrotty works as a family practice physician. Patients gave Dr. Pedrotty an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pedrotty include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pedrotty studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pedrotty trained at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pedrotty welcomes 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
 

Areas of expertise for Dr. Leon Kelley include warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelley studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. His residency was performed at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Kelley is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kelley is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Headache, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Iyabo Daramola attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Daramola include diabetes, cryotherapy, and osteoporosis. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Daramola is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , 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 physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), sleep apnea, and nutrition issues. Dr. Czer's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Czer honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Nutrition Issues, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Hansen is especially interested in diabetes, preventive care, and arthritis. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Hansen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hansen welcomes 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 sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. Her medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. These areas are among Dr. Flores's clinical interests: depression, general care, and women's health issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Flores's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She welcomes new patients.

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

The average patient rating for Dr. Peter Kelly is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, kidney stones, and recurrent infections. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Kelly attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Elaine Curtis is a physician who specializes in family medicine and general internal medicine. After completing medical school at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, she performed her residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Curtis's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Curtis accepts. Dr. Curtis (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Curtis's office for an appointment.

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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.