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 is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is conversant in Telugu. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. Dr. Chu is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Chu attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 practices family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Walter is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Walter include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Walter is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. 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 is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Lowery is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lowery include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She attended Shanghai Second Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. Dr. Lowery 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: 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 is a family medicine physician in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Leonard is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard's medical residency was performed at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Patient ratings for Dr. Leonard average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, 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 physician. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, preventive care, and cryosurgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Blount attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sharp HealthCare for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Blount welcomes 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 works as a general internist in La Mesa, CA. Patients gave Dr. Leonard an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, depression, and liver disease. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Dr. Leonard is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

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

Before performing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Brij Gupta attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, liver disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Gupta is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Gupta welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Cryosurgery, 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 specializes in family medicine and practices in La Mesa, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky include diabetes, hospice (end-of-life care), and depression. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky has an open panel.

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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
 

These areas are among Dr. Prachi Karnik's clinical interests: warts, liver disease, and cryosurgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Karnik obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, 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 is a family medicine physician. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davila include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Dr. Davila is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Davila average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davila takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Keith Fischer is a family practitioner. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Fischer's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, preventive care, and sports health. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Naval Hospital, Dr. Fischer attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Fischer has a closed panel.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient ratings for Dr. True average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. True 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
 

Dr. Douglas Levey's areas of expertise include the following: warts, headache, and eczema. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before performing his residency at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Levey attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Levey is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Kwok accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Kwok has an open panel.

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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 performing his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Government Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Venu Prabaker attended Madras Medical College for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Prabaker include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Prabaker honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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.
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