We found 21 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept HealthSmart near El Cajon, CA.

Dr. Neelima Vemuganti Chu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Neelima Chu's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chu takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Pituitary Tumor

Dr. Sheri Lynn Walter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 105
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sheri Walter's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Walter studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Cough

Dr. Jieyu Lowery, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jieyu Lowery specializes in family medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lowery honors. She studied medicine at Shanghai Second Medical University. She speaks Mandarin.

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All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard practices family medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonard takes. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marsha Wells Blount, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Marsha Blount is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blount honors.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Leonard attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Menopause, Depression, Cryosurgery, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Moreen Simkin-Kostrinsky, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Simkin-Kostrinsky sees patients in La Mesa, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Patients gave Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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All Interests: Depression, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Diabetes, Hospice, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family practice physician in La Mesa, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prachi Avinash Karnik, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Prachi Karnik graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karnik takes.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith R Fischer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 105
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Keith Fischer is a family practice physician in La Mesa, CA. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fischer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Headache, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Wayne Stewart True, MPH, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 105
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Wayne True practices family medicine in La Mesa, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. True is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. True studied medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Osteoporosis, Erectile Dysfunction, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Venu Prabaker, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
7339 El Cajon Boulevard; Suite I
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Venu Prabaker's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Davila, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jose Davila works as a family medicine practitioner. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Davila graduated from Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davila honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas I Levey, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Levey studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Levey takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald S Kwok, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ronald Kwok accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Kwok speaks Cantonese.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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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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