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 is an adult nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romoff include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romoff accepts. Dr. Romoff graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Romoff trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Romoff has an open panel.

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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's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. On average, patients gave Dr. Glick a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Glick is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Dr. Mehdizadeh takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Mehdizadeh has an open panel.

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

Dr. Burton Liebross is an adult nephrology specialist in Tarzana, CA. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liebross include menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liebross include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross is conversant in Hebrew. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana 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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Hongyan Li
Specializes in Acupuncture
5435 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 207
Encino, CA
 

Ms. Hongyan Li is an acupuncturist. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Ms. Li is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Ms. Li speaks Mandarin. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Noha Barsoum practices adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Barsoum average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Barsoum completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Matthew Mischel's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mischel include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mischel accepts. Dr. Mischel studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mischel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Mischel speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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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 kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Di Domenico attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally 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 practices acupuncture in Encino, CA. Ms. Daghighi's areas of expertise include hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Dr. Merav has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Dr. Merav (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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.