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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
(714) 842-9500

Dr. Jeffrey Punim is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Punim's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and metabolism. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Temple University, and a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Punim's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Adult Hospital Medicine
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
(714) 546-5967

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is a specialist in adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Kurdi include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Mikio Tachibana MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 154
Fountain Valley, CA
(714) 966-2800

Dr. Mikio Tachibana is a general internist in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Tachibana is 2.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Tachibana is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Tachibana is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Japanese.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Lipids

Dr. An Quoc Dang MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7001 Latico Drive
Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 531-5201; (714) 531-5791

Dr. An Dang's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Dang is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. Dr. Dang speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Anemia, Diabetes, Electrolyte Management, Hemodialysis, Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Podiatry (Foot & Ankle Medicine), Foot & Ankle Surgery
17822 Beach Bl; Suite 407
Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 841-3213

Dr. Steven Swartz is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Huntington Beach, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and sports health. Patients rated Dr. Swartz highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Sports Medicine



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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.