We found 39 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He attended Yonsei University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Choi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

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

Dr. Jeffrey Punim is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Punim is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Punim trained at Maimonides Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Temple University, and a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. The average patient rating for Dr. Punim is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Andrew Reikes' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Reikes attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Reikes's areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". Dr. Reikes is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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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 is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Torrance, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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. Dr. Naidu has received the following distinctions: 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. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Wang's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University, he performed his residency at Boston VA Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wang include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). 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

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

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is an endocrinologist in Orange, CA. Dr. Madu is conversant in Igbo. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madu graduated from the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Madu is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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

Dr. Michael Tran, who practices in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. Dr. Tran's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He 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. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for her residency. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rettinger's clinical interests: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Rettinger graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency.

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

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

Dr. Bachar Kurdi sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurdi honors. Dr. Kurdi is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Labadzhyan include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Labadzhyan takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, he speaks Armenian. Dr. Labadzhyan is professionally 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 works as an internist in Orange, CA. Dr. Zand is especially interested in diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Dennis Robert Long, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
293 S. Main Street; Suite 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Long's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Long is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati's residency program. Dr. Long has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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

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

Dr. Chung Bui is a general practitioner and family practice physician in Westminster, CA. In his practice, Dr. Bui focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bui accepts. He graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For his residency, Dr. Bui trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Bui (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta Western.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Victoria Greblya is a Westminster, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Greblya's clinical interests encompass 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greblya honors. She is a graduate of First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

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

Dr. Robert Ha is a general internist in Garden Grove, CA and Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Ha (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ha include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta Western. He attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ha is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.
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