We found 41 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield of California near Fountain Valley, CA.

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi practices adult endocrinology in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Choi's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Choi attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. Dr. Choi is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey A Punim, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
17822 Beach Bl; Suite 201
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Punim's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Punim attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Punim's medical residency was performed at Maimonides Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Temple University, and a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Diabetes

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
101 The City Drive; Pavillion 1
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Naidu takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Naidu include: Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes is an adult endocrinology specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Reikes is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reikes include: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". Dr. Reikes is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang practices adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. Dr. Wang's residency was performed at Boston VA Medical Center. His distinctions include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism specialist in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Tran average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah specializes in adult endocrinology. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Madu include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Madu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. After completing medical school at the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. She speaks Igbo. Dr. Madu's professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger is an endocrinologist in Orange, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rettinger graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is an internal medicine hospitalist and endocrinologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kurdi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan's specialty is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Labadzhyan is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W. La Veta Avenue; #610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Zand's clinical interests encompass diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zand is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri is an internist in Orange, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ohri include diabetes and women's health issues. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ohri takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Dennis Robert Long, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
293 S. Main Street; Suite 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Long specializes in general internal medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Long takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Dr. Long attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Long is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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All Interests: Hepatitis C, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Hepatitis B

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8700 Warner Avenue; Suite 140
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Robert Ha is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Ha is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Ha completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ha (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Chung The Bui, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
10301 Bolsa Avenue; Suite 102
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Chung Bui is a physician who specializes in general practice and family medicine. In Dr. Bui's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and VA Wadsworth Medical Center, Dr. Bui attended Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Bui (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. Dr. Bui is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Cholesterol Problems

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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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