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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Chu a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Telugu. Dr. Chu is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She 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 practices family medicine. Dr. Walter attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Walter include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Walter 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 practices family medicine. Her areas of expertise include abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Lowery is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Lowery attended Shanghai Second Medical University and then went on to complete her residency 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's specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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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 is a family medicine practitioner. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, cryotherapy, and preventive care. Dr. Blount is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Blount is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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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 medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Hackett's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and sports health. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett 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 specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is closed to new patients at this time.

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

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

In addition to English, Dr. Brij Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and a graduate of Coney Island Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gupta's office for an appointment.

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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 works as a family practitioner in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hospice (end-of-life care), and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Simkin-Kostrinsky's education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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: 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's areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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). Dr. Karnik is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Karnik welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a family medicine physician. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Davila include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Davila attended Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Davila speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, 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 is a family practitioner. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Fischer performed his residency at Naval Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Fischer include diabetes, preventive care, and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, Dr. Fischer 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's medical specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. True's areas of expertise include warts, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cryotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is closed to new patients at this time. After attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. True completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois.

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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 warts, headache, and eczema. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Levey honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is closed to new patients at this time. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mercy Hospital for residency.

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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 has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kwok accepts. Dr. Kwok 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
 

Dr. Venu Prabaker has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Prabaker's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Lutheran Medical Center, Government Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting 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.