We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Plan near Los Gatos, CA.

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Dr. Bahar Aghighi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
15720 Winchester Boulevard; 1st Floor
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Bahar Aghighi specializes in adult endocrinology. She is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Maricopa Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Aghighi's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. Dr. Aghighi's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Aghighi has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Esther M Yun, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2400 Samaritan Drive; Suite 105
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Esther Yun is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Yun attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She trained at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York for her residency. Dr. Yun (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. Dr. Yun is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Susan Gould, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2400 Samaritan Drive; Suite 203
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Susan Gould specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Gould's clinical interests include women's health issues. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gould honors. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gould's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, HPV, Vaginal ... (Read more)

Dr. Odul Laurie Amburgey, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2577 Samaritan Drive; Suite 705
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Odul Amburgey sees patients in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. Her medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Amburgey honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). She is conversant in Turkish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Amburgey welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Hypertension, Amniocentesis, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nidhi Susanna Jacob, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2400 Samaritan Drive; Suite 203
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Nidhi Jacob works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. Dr. Jacob honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, Dr. Jacob attended Albany Medical College for medical school. Dr. Jacob is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, 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, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Anjali V Sagdeo, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15400 Los Gatos Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Anjali Sagdeo is an internist in San Jose, CA and Los Gatos, CA. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sagdeo has a special interest in general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sagdeo is open to new patients. She graduated from Government Medical College and Nagpur University and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Sagdeo (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Education

Dr. Douglas Chung-Ou Tong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7225 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Tong is a San Jose, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tong's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Tong attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tong is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, General Care, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Teri Doan Pham, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15400 Los Gatos Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Teri Pham's specialty is general internal medicine. She speaks Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Pham include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Pham completed a residency program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pham is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Joint Aspiration, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dinah Sukharev, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
15400 Los Gatos Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Dina Sukharev's specialty is family medicine. In her practice, Dr. Sukharev focuses on general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Sukharev average 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sukharev honors. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Sukharev attended medical school at I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Sukharev is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Allergy Testing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Denise Lynn Babin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7225 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Denise Babin's area of specialization is family medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Babin attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Migraine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vidhi Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2585 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Vidhi Shah sees patients in Santa Clara, CA and San Jose, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her clinical interests include general care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Shah completed residency programs at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Heart Failure, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aarti Srinivasan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7225 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Aarti Srinivasan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Srinivasan has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, preventive care, and women's health issues. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Srinivasan is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

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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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