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We found 20 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net PPO near Irvine, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
19 Bordeaux
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie is an adult endocrinology specialist in Newport Beach, CA and Orange, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rhie include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Berkshire Medical Center, Dr. Rhie attended medical school at Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Rhie's professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, 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. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, 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
1 Medical Plaza Drive; Uc Irvine Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, 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
University of Calif Irvine; Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, 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. Llanyee Isabella Liwanpo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Llanyee Liwanpo is an adult endocrinologist. Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Liwanpo include disorders of calcium metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liwanpo takes.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Pregnancy

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 Newport Center Drive; Suite 608
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman sees patients in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goodman include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goodman accepts. Dr. Goodman studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goodman completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Stanley W Cho, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Cho is a family practice physician. Dr. Cho's clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Cho is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Cho attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4950 Barranca Parkway; Suite 205b
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Mikio Tachibana is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tachibana include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is a graduate of the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tachibana completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Japanese. Dr. Tachibana is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Paul Y Han, MS
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 209
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Paul Han's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and foot surgery. Dr. Han honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He speaks Korean. Dr. Han is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Diabetes

Dr. Philip Edgar Madrid, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Philip Madrid is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Madrid include diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. Dr. Madrid has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Madrid honors. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. In addition to English, Dr. Madrid speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Biopsy, Acne, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Fernando Galvan Martinez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Fernando Martinez's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Martinez graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Montserrat Molina, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3743 S Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. John Molina sees patients in Riverside, CA, Santa Ana, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Molina's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, sports health, and nutrition issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Before performing his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Dr. Molina attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of California for medical school. Dr. Molina is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes

Dr. Regina Y Mojica, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4950 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Regina Mojica works as a family medicine physician. Clinical interests for Dr. Mojica include diabetes, gynecological problems, and osteoporosis. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mojica accepts. She attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. For her residency, Dr. Mojica trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Mojica has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Cholesterol Problems, Gynecological Problems, Hypertension

Dr. Misty Jan Rydelski, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1095 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Misty Rydelski's specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Rydelski is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rydelski accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Allergies, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Asthma

Dr. Arthur I Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Other
1441 Avocado Avenue; Suite 608
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Arthur Goldstein is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He has indicated that his clinical interests include amniocentesis, diabetes, and colposcopy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Goldstein is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Community Care Network (CCN).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Colposcopy, Diabetes, High Risk Pregnancy, Amniocentesis

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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.