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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's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Romoff is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Romoff takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Glick is an adult nephrology specialist. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Glick completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Glick takes. Dr. Glick is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. His 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 physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Her clinical interests include diabetes, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Dr. Mehdizadeh accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. 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 Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Mehdizadeh is accepting 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' area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Liebross's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Liebross's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Hebrew.

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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 is an acupuncturist. Clinical interests for Ms. Li include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Ms. Li accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Ms. Li has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Noha Barsoum's specialty is adult nephrology. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Barsoum's areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Barsoum takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Barsoum completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Barsoum is conversant in Arabic.

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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 practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mischel include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mischel attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mischel is conversant in 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 practices adult nephrology in Van Nuys, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Di Domenico include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at UPMC Presbyterian, Dr. Di Domenico attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Di Domenico has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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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)

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

Ms. Sharareh Daghighi specializes in acupuncture and practices in Encino, CA. Ms. Daghighi's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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's specialty is acupuncture. On average, patients gave Dr. Merav a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Merav include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). She is an in-network provider for L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Dr. Merav (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian.

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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.