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 is an endocrinologist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Choi attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Choi is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Punim include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Punim completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Temple University, and a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). Patient reviews placed Dr. Punim at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 works as a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Naidu graduated from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. For her professional training, Dr. Naidu completed residency programs at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Naidu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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.

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Reikes's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received distinctions including 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Kaohsiung Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Boston VA Medical Center. Dr. Wang has received distinctions including America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). 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, who practices in Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Madu average 3.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include 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. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Madu attended the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. 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 specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tran trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices adult endocrinology in Orange, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then she performed 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah accepts. In addition to English, 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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, who practices in Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rettinger takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Rettinger attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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 in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Kurdi has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Kurdi is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Labadzhyan completed his residency training 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 is an internist. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Zand is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Zand is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. He is 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 works as a general internist. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Ohri is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

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

Dr. Victoria Greblya practices general internal medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Greblya's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, Dr. Greblya completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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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 is an internist in Orange, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Long is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Long attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati for residency. He has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Ha (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. 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 graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ha honors.

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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.