We found 21 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 practices adult endocrinology. He is especially interested in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Before performing his residency at Berkshire Medical Center, Dr. Rhie attended Seoul National University College of Medicine for medical school. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rhie honors. 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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. He attended Yonsei University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Choi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Andrew R Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1 Medical Plaza Drive; Uc Irvine Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Reikes attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Reikes's areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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". Dr. Reikes is professionally 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 is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Torrance, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, she performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Naidu 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 the following languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Wang's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University, he performed his residency at Boston VA Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wang include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). He speaks Taiwanese. He 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. Almoatazbellah Magdeldin Idriss, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Almoatazbellah Idriss specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Tustin, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Idriss graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Idriss (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Llanyee Isabella Liwanpo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Llanyee Liwanpo is an endocrinologist in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Liwanpo's clinical interests encompass disorders of calcium metabolism. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liwanpo takes. She attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4950 Barranca Parkway; Suite 205b
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Mikio Tachibana's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks Filipino and Japanese. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Before performing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Tachibana attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tachibana is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include general care. Dr. Goodman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman is open to new patients. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital.

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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 physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks Spanish and Taiwanese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cho include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Cho is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Madrid include diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Madrid's professional affiliations include 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 practices family medicine in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Martinez honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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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 is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Han's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and foot surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Regina Y Mojica, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4950 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Regina Mojica is a family medicine physician. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Mojica trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, gynecological problems, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mojica is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Rydelski trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for her residency. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Eng is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Eng is accepting new patients.

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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.
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