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We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare near Los Alamitos, CA.

Dr. Alex Kutas, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3300 E South Street; Suite 103
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Alex Kutas practices adult endocrinology in Long Beach, CA and Lakewood, CA. He is especially interested in diabetes. Dr. Kutas has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kutas speaks Spanish. Dr. Kutas is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Lawrence E Gershon, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3650 South Street; 110
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Gershon specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gershon's clinical interests encompass diabetes. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Gershon (or staff) speaks French and Italian. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Ronald A Fischman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3300 E. South Street; 308
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Fischman is a Long Beach, CA physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Before completing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Fischman attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Fischman is especially interested in diabetes. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fischman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Armenian. Dr. Fischman is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Mark Scheier, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9526 Palermo Way
Cypress, CA
 

Dr. Mark Scheier's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Scheier is rated highly by his patients. He is especially interested in diabetes and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scheier honors. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Scheier attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Victoria Greblya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Greblya is a general internist in Westminster, CA. Dr. Greblya is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Etsegenet Tefera Ayele, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. Dr. Ayele's hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Ayele completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German.

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Dr. Vinita Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3650 South Street; Suite 210
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Vinita Chaudhary's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Chaudhary graduated from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and then she performed her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is especially interested in diabetes, electrocardiogram (EKG), and women's health issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaudhary (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Chaudhary is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, ProHealth Partners, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Electrocardiogram, Abdominal Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Charles Montell Maples Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3771 Katella Avenue; Suite 110
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Charles Maples' medical specialty is family medicine. Patients gave Dr. Maples an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and osteopathic manipulation. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed his residency at Downey Regional Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Maples (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer. Dr. Maples is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Back Problems, Diabetes, Osteopathic Manipulation

Dr. Steven Joseph Becker, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Steven Becker is a Los Alamitos, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Becker (or staff) is conversant in Amharic, Spanish, and Russian. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hylaform. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Becker is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Restylane, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Botox Injection, Hylaform

Dr. Dennis Larry Clark, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite 401
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Clark's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Clark's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Clark (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Diabetes

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Martinez, who practices in Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Martinez's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Martinez average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Martinez has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery

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Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
10931 Cherry Street; Suite 200
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Reza Danesh sees patients in Hawthorne, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. His medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Danesh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. He trained at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Danesh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Turkish. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Lawrence Hodor
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
5220 Clark Avenue; 125
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Hodor specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Lakewood, CA. He is especially interested in diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hodor is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hodor is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Wounds

Robert Daniel Murphy
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite 410
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Murphy's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Long Beach, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, reconstructive surgery, and endoscopy. Dr. Murphy's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Murphy is conversant in Filipino. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Diabetes, Endoscopy

Dr. Ghulam Yahya Dostzada, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3771 Katella Avenue; #300
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Ghulam Dostzada's specialty is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, asthma, and women's health issues. Dr. Dostzada's hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dostzada takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kabul Medical University. Dr. Dostzada (or staff) speaks French and Persian.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Asthma

Kenneth Jay Wepman
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry, Sports Medicine
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite #207
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Wepman works as a foot and ankle surgeon, general podiatrist, and sports medicine specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and sports health. Dr. Wepman is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Wepman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

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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.