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We found 42 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 sees patients in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Choi is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Choi completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Choi accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary ... (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. The average patient rating for Dr. Punim is 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Punim takes. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Punim's 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 is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Punim is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Andrew Reikes practices adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reikes include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. His distinctions include: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award ""Best Doctors of Orange County""; and Recognition Award ""America's Best Doctors"". He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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

Dr. Ajanta Naidu works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Torrance, CA. Dr. Naidu is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Naidu honors. After completing medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, she 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 languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Ping Wang's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. Dr. Wang's training includes a residency program at Boston VA Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America (Endocrinology and Metabolism); and Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu practices adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Madu include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Madu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Dr. Madu's training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Igbo.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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

Dr. Michael Tran's medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Tran attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach for residency. His clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

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

Dr. Herbert Rettinger's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rettinger is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rettinger trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rettinger takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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 and practices in Orange, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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). In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is an adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kurdi's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurdi obtained his medical school training at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan is an endocrinologist in Los Angeles, CA and Orange, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Labadzhyan include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Labadzhyan accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Labadzhyan trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Labadzhyan is conversant in Armenian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Parathyroid Disease, Type 1 ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alex Zand's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Zand's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ohri's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include diabetes and women's health issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Her education and training includes medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Victoria Greblya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Greblya is a general internist in Westminster, CA. Dr. Greblya is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Dr. Long takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Long trained at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Robert Tae Ha, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8700 Warner Avenue; Suite 140
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Robert Ha works as a general internist. Dr. Ha's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. He attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ha (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, 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.