We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA PPO near Huntington Beach, CA.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Punim sees patients in Huntington Beach, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Punim include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Punim is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Punim obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency 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). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Bachar Kurdi sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kurdi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Before completing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Kurdi attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. 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

Dr. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 154
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Mikio Tachibana's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Tachibana a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Tachibana is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Japanese.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. An Quoc Dang, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7001 Latico Drive
Huntington Beach, CA

Dr. An Dang specializes in adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Dang is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Dang attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hemodialysis, Anemia, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
17822 Beach Bl; Suite 407
Huntington Beach, CA

Dr. Steven Swartz specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Swartz is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Swartz include diabetes and sports health. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes


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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.