We found 27 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Palo Alto, CA.

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

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. She speaks Norwegian. In Dr. Kirkeby's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Kirkeby trained at California Pacific Medical Center for her residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Kirkeby welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Andrea Tom is an adult endocrinology specialist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Tom is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network 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. Tom's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and a graduate of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, ... (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 an adult endocrinology specialist. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Clewans 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 attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Clewans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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 is an adult endocrinologist. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Chan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program.

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

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Dr. Diane Suchet, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Diane Suchet's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suchet include turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patient ratings for Dr. Suchet average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in French. Dr. Suchet's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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
Mountain View Center; 701 E. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Matt Stenerson, who practices in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Stenerson is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He has indicated that his clinical interests include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Stenerson's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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, who practices in Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Wong's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wong's office for an appointment.

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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. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Kwong attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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

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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 works as an internist. Dr. Smith-Spangler has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith-Spangler include diabetes and general care. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Smith-Spangler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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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' specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torres include general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Torres average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Torres's 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. Susannah Louise Daniel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Susannah Daniel's specialty is family medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Daniel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University College London (UCL) Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for her residency. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Oregon Health & Science University, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Daniel 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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Palo Alto, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hong include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong takes. She graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Hong trained at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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's specialty is general internal medicine. In her practice, Dr. Tostado focuses on general care. Patients rated Dr. Tostado highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Tostado attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Tostado speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 sees patients in Mountain View, CA. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Medina has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in women's health issues. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Medina accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Medina is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Amy Ellen Wong, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2485 Hospital Drive; Suite 231
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Amy Wong's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Wong performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network 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: Heart Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Blood Clots

Dr. Liza Hope Kunz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2485 Hospital Drive; Suite 231
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Liza Kunz's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kunz is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kunz takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Blood Clots

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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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