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

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 clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Glick 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)

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

Dr. Mark Romoff is an adult nephrology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Romoff's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Georgia Regents University, 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)

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Mehdizadeh's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Mehdizadeh's clinical interests include diabetes, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Mehdizadeh attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She welcomes 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. These areas are among Dr. Liebross's clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and depression. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Liebross's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross welcomes 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)

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

Ms. Hongyan Li's area of specialization is acupuncture. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Patient ratings for Ms. Li average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. She is conversant in Mandarin. New patients are welcome to contact Ms. Li's office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialty is adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Barsoum has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Barsoum is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Barsoum is 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)

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

Dr. Matthew Mischel is a nephrologist in Van Nuys, CA and Tarzana, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mischel graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mischel's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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)

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

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Van Nuys, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he performed his residency at UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Di Domenico's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Di Domenico has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. 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)

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 in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Daghighi (or staff) is conversant in 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. These areas are among her clinical interests: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Dr. Merav is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. In addition to English, 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.
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