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We found 27 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare Advantage near Los Altos, CA.

Dr. Kjersti Meyer Kirkeby, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive; Endocrinology & Metabolism, S025
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby practices endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism in Stanford, CA and San Francisco, CA. For her residency, Dr. Kirkeby trained at California Pacific Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Kirkeby focuses on diabetes and metabolism. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Norwegian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kirkeby's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Tom focuses on diabetes and metabolism. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Tom performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Graves Disease, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol S Clewans, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Carol Clewans is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Clewans's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Clewans completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clewans is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Grace Wu Chan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Grace Chan practices adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Chan accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Chan attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Fine Needle Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diane Suchet, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
370 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Diane Suchet's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. In addition to English, she speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suchet include turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. For her residency, Dr. Suchet trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Suchet's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Suchet is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Type 1 Diabetes, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Bryan Stenerson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Stenerson works as a pediatric endocrinologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stenerson include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Stenerson is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Norra A Kwong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Floor 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Norra Kwong's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Kwong's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kwong is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Lara Lyn An Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lara Wong specializes in adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Wong focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong takes. Dr. Wong is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Crystal Marie Smith-Spangler, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palo Alto, CA. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and general care. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith-Spangler honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Smith-Spangler attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Smith-Spangler is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Sarah Nicole Torres, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Torres specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Torres a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Torres include general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Torres speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Torres is closed to new patients at this time.

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Dr. Seema Sangwan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
877 W Fremont Avenue; Suite N1
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Seema Sangwan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Sangwan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. In Dr. Sangwan's practice, she is particularly interested in general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Sangwan graduated from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Sangwan is open to new patients.

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Dr. Susannah Louise Daniel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Susannah Daniel is a family practitioner. In her practice, Dr. Daniel focuses on general care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Oregon Health & Science University, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from the University College London (UCL) Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Daniel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Daniel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Nicole Jennifer Hong, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Hong is a Palo Alto, CA physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her clinical interests encompass women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hong studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Hong is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marina L Tostado, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
701 E El Camnio Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Marina Tostado sees patients in Mountain View, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Tostado has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tostado include general care. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Tostado trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Hector M Medina, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Hector Medina is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Medina has a special interest in women's health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Medina is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Odul Laurie Amburgey, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2485 Hospital Drive; Suite 231
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Odul Amburgey works as a perinatologist in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. Dr. Amburgey is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. She is conversant in Turkish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational 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.