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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Long Beach, CA and Lakewood, CA. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kutas include diabetes. Dr. Kutas accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kutas attended medical school at 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kutas is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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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 an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gershon include diabetes. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Gershon (or staff) speaks 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 is an adult nephrology specialist in Long Beach, CA and Downey, CA. Dr. Fischman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. In his practice, Dr. Fischman focuses on diabetes. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. 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 accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to 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 is a family practice physician in La Palma, CA and Cypress, CA. Before completing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Scheier attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and asthma. Patient ratings for Dr. Scheier average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Scheier is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele is an internist in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks Amharic, Spanish, and German. These areas are among Dr. Ayele's clinical interests: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. She is a graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ayele is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Gastrointestinal Problems, Restylane, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Victoria Greblya works as an internist. In her practice, Dr. Greblya focuses on diabetes and women's health issues. Patients rated Dr. Greblya highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Greblya (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Steven Joseph Becker, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Steven Becker works as an internist in Los Alamitos, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Becker average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hylaform. Dr. Becker is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Becker accepts. He attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach for residency. Dr. Becker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and Russian.

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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 practices general internal medicine in Long Beach, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clark's areas of expertise include diabetes and cosmetic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Clark (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Diabetes

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

Dr. Vinita Chaudhary practices family medicine. She graduated from SMS Medical College, Jaipur. She trained at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chaudhary include diabetes, electrocardiogram (EKG), and women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaudhary takes. Dr. Chaudhary (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Filipino, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and ProHealth Partners.

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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 specializes in family medicine and practices in Los Alamitos, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Maples include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and osteopathic manipulation. Patient reviews placed Dr. Maples at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his residency training at Downey Regional Medical Center. Dr. Maples (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Khmer. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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

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

Dr. Carlos Martinez specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Martinez's clinical interests include diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Martinez attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Martinez is professionally affiliated with 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 is a general practitioner and family medicine practitioner. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Danesh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Danesh attended medical school at 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) is conversant in Spanish, Persian, and Turkish.

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

Dr. Lawrence Hodor's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Hodor has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hodor speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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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. These areas are among Dr. Murphy's clinical interests: diabetes, reconstructive surgery, and endoscopy. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Murphy speaks Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial 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 sees patients in Los Alamitos, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dostzada's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, asthma, and women's health issues. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Kabul Medical University. In addition to English, 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's specialties are foot & ankle surgery, general podiatry, and sports medicine. He practices in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Wepman's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and sports health. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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.
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