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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 works as an endocrinologist. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. Dr. Punim's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He 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). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Punim takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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's specialties are adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Kurdi a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurdi takes. He attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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 practices general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. His medical residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Tachibana's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tachibana accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Japanese. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Garden Grove, CA and Huntington Beach, CA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Dang is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Dang 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 works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Swartz speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Swartz include diabetes and sports health. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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.