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We found 28 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's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. She is conversant in Norwegian. Dr. Kirkeby's clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Her training includes a residency program at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Kirkeby is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is accepting new patients.

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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 specialty is adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Tom a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tom include diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients. Dr. Tom graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then she performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Clewans attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Clewans has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting 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. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Diane Suchet works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Suchet's areas of expertise consist of turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Suchet is open to new patients. Her training includes residency programs at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She is conversant in French.

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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 sees patients in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Stenerson attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. His clinical interests include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stenerson is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Alice Liu sees patients in San Carlos, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Liu include diabetes and metabolism. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Liu is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Lara Wong is an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wong include diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Wong 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. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wong takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is accepting new patients.

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

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Floor 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Norra Kwong, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Kwong takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kwong's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith-Spangler's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and general care. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Smith-Spangler trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not accepting 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 works as a family practitioner. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Torres is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Torres is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is not accepting 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 sees patients in Sunnyvale, CA, San Mateo, CA, and San Jose, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Sangwan (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. In her practice, Dr. Sangwan focuses on general care. Dr. Sangwan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Sangwan obtained her medical school training at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She 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's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Daniel's areas of expertise include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Oregon Health & Science University, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. She is a graduate of the University College London (UCL) Medical School. Dr. Daniel trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency.

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

Dr. Nicole Hong's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. She trained at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hong include women's health issues. Dr. Hong's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong honors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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 works as an internist in Mountain View, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Tostado has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Tostado's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tostado is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Mountain View, CA. His areas of expertise include women's health issues. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Medina accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended 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. He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Medina speaks Spanish. Dr. Medina's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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.