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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Long Beach, CA and Lakewood, CA. He has a special interest in diabetes. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kutas is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kutas include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kutas is 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He is especially interested in diabetes. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gershon takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Gershon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Italian.

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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 works as a nephrologist in Long Beach, CA and Downey, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fischman include diabetes. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fischman's office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. In addition to English, Dr. Fischman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Mark Scheier works as a family medicine practitioner. The average patient rating for Dr. Scheier is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and asthma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scheier accepts. Dr. Scheier graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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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 practices general internal medicine in Westminster, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Greblya takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Greblya attended medical school at First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Greblya's professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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 works as an internist. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. For her residency, Dr. Ayele trained at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele accepts. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Dr. Ayele is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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

Dr. Vinita Chaudhary's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chaudhary include diabetes, electrocardiogram (EKG), and women's health issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Chaudhary is a graduate of SMS Medical College, Jaipur. For her professional training, Dr. Chaudhary completed residency programs at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Chaudhary (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Chaudhary's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Steven Joseph Becker, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Steven Becker works as a general internist. Dr. Becker has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hylaform. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Becker graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. Dr. Becker (or staff) speaks Amharic, Spanish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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 is an internist in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Clark attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Clark include diabetes and cosmetic surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Clark honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Clark (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Diabetes

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

Dr. Charles Maples is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Before completing his residency at Downey Regional Medical Center, Dr. Maples attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and osteopathic manipulation. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons. Dr. Maples (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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, Osteopathic Manipulation, Back Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Carlos Martinez is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. Martinez's clinical interests: diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martinez honors. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Martinez attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Martinez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Reza Danesh's specialties are general practice and family medicine. He practices in Hawthorne, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. Before completing his residency at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Danesh attended medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. Dr. Danesh has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Danesh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Turkish. Dr. Danesh is 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's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Hodor takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Hodor speaks Spanish. His professional 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 works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. On average, patients gave Dr. Murphy a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, reconstructive surgery, and endoscopy. His professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Murphy accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Filipino.

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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 is a Los Alamitos, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Dostzada is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, asthma, and women's health issues. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dostzada honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kabul Medical University. Dr. Dostzada (or staff) is conversant in 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's specialties are foot & ankle surgery, general podiatry, and sports medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Wepman include diabetes and sports health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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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.
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