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We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Encino, CA.

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

Dr. Mark Romoff works as a nephrologist. Dr. Romoff's education and training includes medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Romoff has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Glick is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Glick's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Glick is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Glick's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Jennifer Lyn Mehdizadeh, MD
Specializes in Urology
18370 Burbank Boulevard; Suite 407
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Mehdizadeh is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Tarzana, CA and West Hills, CA. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehdizadeh takes. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Mehdizadeh performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Mehdizadeh is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Burton Liebross' specialty is adult nephrology. He speaks Hebrew. Clinical interests for Dr. Liebross include menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Liebross is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liebross include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Menopause, Depression, Glomerulonephritis, Headache, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Nutrition ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 225
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Noha Barsoum works as a nephrologist in North Hollywood, CA. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Barsoum honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Barsoum attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Mischel is an adult nephrology specialist in Van Nuys, CA and Tarzana, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mischel include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mischel attended Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Di Domenico include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Di Domenico performed his residency at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Ms. Sharareh Daghighi's area of specialization is acupuncture. Her clinical interests include hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Daghighi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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

Dr. Yael Merav specializes in acupuncture. In addition to English, Dr. Merav (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian. Her clinical interests include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts L.A. Care Health Plan insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Ms. Hongyan Li is an acupuncturist. Her clinical interests include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Ms. Li is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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.