We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna PPO near Orange, CA.

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is an endocrinologist in Orange, CA. Dr. Madu is conversant in Igbo. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madu graduated from the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Madu is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Samuel Osamu Mayeda, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Other
1140 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 420
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Mayeda, who practices in Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Mayeda is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Mayeda is an in-network provider for PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his professional training, Dr. Mayeda completed a residency program at Baystate Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for her residency. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rettinger's clinical interests: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Rettinger graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand works as an internist in Orange, CA. Dr. Zand is especially interested in diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zand is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Orange, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri is especially interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She obtained her medical school training at Lady Hardinge Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Patient ratings for Dr. Ohri average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Jose L Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1125 E 17th Street; Ste E-224
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Jose Valdez's specialty is family medicine. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Valdez average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Valdez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Kathleen Emilie Gallaher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17871 Santiago Boulevard; Suite 206
Villa Park, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Gallaher specializes in family medicine. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Western Medical Center, Santa Ana's residency program. Her clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. Patients gave Dr. Gallaher an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallaher is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
801 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou sees patients in Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khoshrou include diabetes, gynecological problems, and heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Khoshrou completed his residency training at In His Image Family Medicine. Dr. Khoshrou (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Catherine M Garcia, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Catherine Garcia sees patients in Orange, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Garcia at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, women's health issues, and weight management. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Weight Management, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kavita Desai, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kavita Desai works as a family medicine practitioner in Orange, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Desai speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Desai include diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before completing Dr. Desai's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Desai attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Desai accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Lian T Bach, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E 4th Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Lian Bach specializes in family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bach include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bach accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. After attending Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Bach (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Howard Austin Hewlett
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1038 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. H. Hewlett specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, sports health, and trauma. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Hewlett a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Trauma

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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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