We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Encino, CA.

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Dr. Jennifer Lyn Mehdizadeh, MD
Specializes in Urology
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Mehdizadeh sees patients in Tarzana, CA and West Hills, CA. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Mehdizadeh attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehdizadeh is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Burton A Liebross, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Burton Liebross sees patients in Tarzana, CA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Liebross's clinical interests include menopause, depression, and glomerulonephritis. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Liebross an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Liebross has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Mark Stuart Romoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Mark Romoff is a nephrologist in Van Nuys, CA. He is especially interested in glomerulonephritis, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Romoff honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Romoff's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Georgia and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Jeffrey A Glick, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Glick works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Glick obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He is especially interested in glomerulonephritis, general care, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Glick's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Hongyan Li
Specializes in Acupuncture
5435 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 207
Encino, CA
 

Ms. Hongyan Li works as an acupuncturist. Patients rated Ms. Li highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan. She is conversant in Mandarin. Ms. Li welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Matthew G Mischel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Mischel, who practices in Van Nuys, CA and Tarzana, CA, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He speaks Spanish. In Dr. Mischel's practice, he is particularly interested in glomerulonephritis, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Mischel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Diplomat- American Board of Internal Medicine/Nephrology; Diplomat- American Board of Internal Medicine; and Member- Alpha Omega Alpha, Tufts University.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Nicholas C Di Domenico, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Di Domenico include glomerulonephritis, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Di Domenico accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Di Domenico completed his residency training at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Specializes in Acupuncture
16260 Ventura Boulevard; Suite Ll16
Encino, CA
 

Ms. Sharareh Daghighi's area of specialization is acupuncture. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Daghighi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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Dr. Yael Merav, PhD
Specializes in Acupuncture
16545 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 24
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Yael Merav's specialty is acupuncture. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Merav's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). She takes L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Dr. Merav (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian.

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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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