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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Long Beach, CA and Lakewood, CA. Dr. Kutas is especially interested in diabetes. Patient ratings for Dr. Kutas average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Kutas graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Kutas (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Kutas is accepting new patients.

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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 and practices in Lakewood, CA and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Gershon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Italian. He has a special interest in diabetes. Dr. Gershon is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Gershon is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more.

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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 physician who specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Scheier's medical residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and asthma. Dr. Scheier's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Scheier is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Ronald Fischman's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Fischman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fischman takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. 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 (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Armenian.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Victoria Greblya sees patients in Westminster, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greblya takes. Dr. Greblya attended First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. 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 and practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ayele at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele accepts. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. She trained at Helene Fuld Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks 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 works as a family practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Chaudhary include diabetes, electrocardiogram (EKG), and women's health issues. Dr. Chaudhary's professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, ProHealth Partners, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Chaudhary (or staff) speaks Telugu, Filipino, and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Charles Maples' area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Maples (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Khmer. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Maples's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center. 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. On average, patients gave Dr. Maples a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maples takes.

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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 an internist. He is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Becker's residency was performed at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hylaform. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Becker takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. 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 a Long Beach, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Clark is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a graduate of VA Wadsworth Medical Center's residency program. His clinical interests include diabetes and cosmetic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Clark is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark accepts. Dr. Clark (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He 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). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Martinez's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before completing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center and 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 following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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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. Dr. Danesh is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Danesh include diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Danesh graduated from Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. His residency was performed at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Danesh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Turkish.

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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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dostzada include diabetes, asthma, and women's health issues. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Dostzada attended medical school at Kabul Medical University. Dr. Dostzada (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hodor include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. The average patient rating for Dr. Hodor is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hodor accepts. In addition to English, he 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's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Long Beach, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, reconstructive surgery, and endoscopy. Dr. Murphy's professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murphy accepts. He is conversant in Filipino.

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All Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Diabetes, Endoscopy

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

Dr. Kenneth Wepman is a foot and ankle surgeon, general podiatrist, and sports medicine specialist in Long Beach, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Wepman include diabetes and sports health. Dr. Wepman is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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.