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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at Seoul National University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Berkshire Medical Center. Dr. Rhie's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rhie is professionally affiliated with 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 adult endocrinology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Choi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1 Medical Plaza Drive; Uc Irvine Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Reikes include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Naidu's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She honors 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Naidu 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. Dr. Naidu (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
University of Calif Irvine; Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang, who practices in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Wang trained at Boston VA Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). Dr. Wang speaks Taiwanese. Dr. Wang is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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 in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism. Dr. Liwanpo is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Liwanpo attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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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 practices family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cho accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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 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. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 Newport Center Drive; Suite 608
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tachibana include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Tachibana average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and then he 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. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Tachibana's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Philip Madrid sees patients in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Madrid speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madrid attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 medical specialty is family medicine. His clinical interests include prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Dr. Martinez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Paul Han's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Han's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and foot surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. 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 specializes in family medicine and practices in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mojica include diabetes, gynecological problems, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Mojica graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Mojica's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. John Molina is a family practice physician in Riverside, CA, Santa Ana, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA. In his practice, Dr. Molina focuses on diabetes, sports health, and nutrition issues. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Molina graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of California. Dr. Molina completed his residency training at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He 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 received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Rydelski takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from Albany Medical College and then she performed her residency 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Chesda Eng, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1095 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Chesda Eng's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eng is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Eng's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Smoking Cessation

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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.