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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in La Mesa, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Telugu. Dr. Chu's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Chu attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a family practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Walter include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Walter trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for her residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 works as a family practitioner in La Mesa, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Lowery is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University. Dr. Lowery's residency was performed at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She speaks Mandarin.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, 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 is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Leonard is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Marsha Blount works as a family medicine practitioner in La Mesa, CA. Before completing her residency at Sharp HealthCare, Dr. Blount attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blount include diabetes, cryotherapy, and preventive care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blount takes. Dr. Blount is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has a closed panel.

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

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. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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

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

Dr. Brij Gupta obtained his medical school training at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Gupta's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Simkin-Kostrinsky is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patients rated Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hospice (end-of-life care), and depression. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and a graduate of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She welcomes new patients.

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

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. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karnik include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Karnik honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Karnik's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Jose Davila's medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davila include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Patients gave Dr. Davila an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Davila attended Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Davila is not currently accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Keith Fischer's area of specialization is family medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, preventive care, and sports health. Dr. Fischer's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at Naval Hospital for his residency. Dr. Fischer is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. True is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cryotherapy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. True attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for his residency. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has a closed panel.

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

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

Clinical interests for Dr. Douglas Levey include warts, headache, and eczema. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, Dr. Levey is not currently accepting new patients. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mercy Hospital.

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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
 

Dr. Ronald Kwok is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Kwok's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kwok trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Kwok is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Before completing his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Government Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Venu Prabaker attended medical school at Madras Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Dr. Prabaker is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Prabaker's practice is open to new patients.

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

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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.