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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 endocrinologist in Newport Beach, CA and Orange, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Rhie's training includes a residency program at Berkshire Medical Center.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Choi has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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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 is a pediatric endocrinologist. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Naidu is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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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' specialty is adult endocrinology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Reikes is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award ""Best Doctors of Orange County""; and Recognition Award ""America's Best Doctors"".

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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. In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Wang is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. He trained at Boston VA Medical Center for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America (Endocrinology and Metabolism); and Southern California Super Doctors.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests encompass disorders of calcium metabolism. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Liwanpo is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Liwanpo trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

Dr. Stanley Cho is a family medicine practitioner. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Cho's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Taiwanese. Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Gilbert Goodman's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4950 Barranca Parkway; Suite 205b
Irvine, 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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. His clinical interests include prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Dr. Martinez takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Martinez attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez 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: Prostate Problems, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Philip Madrid works as a family medicine practitioner in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Madrid's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madrid attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Paul Han practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Santa Ana, CA and Duarte, CA. Dr. Han's areas of expertise include diabetes and foot surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Diabetes

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

Dr. Regina Mojica's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mojica include diabetes, gynecological problems, and osteoporosis. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mojica attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Mojica welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Renee Heather Ballentine, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Renee Ballentine is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She obtained her medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ballentine is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Aging

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

Dr. John Molina's medical specialty is family medicine. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of California. His training includes a residency program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Molina's clinical interests: diabetes, sports health, and nutrition issues. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Molina is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes

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

Dr. Misty Rydelski is a Tustin, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Rydelski attended Albany Medical College for medical school. 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

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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.