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We found 22 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Valley Health Plan Commercial HMO near Redwood City, CA.

Dr. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom is an adult endocrinology specialist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Tom honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Tom completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Carol Clewans is an endocrinologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Clewans average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clewans is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Clewans attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Grace Wu Chan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Grace Chan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include diabetes and metabolism. The average patient rating for Dr. Chan is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Chan attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Diane Suchet works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. For her professional training, Dr. Suchet completed residency programs at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In her practice, Dr. Suchet focuses on turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Suchet's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Suchet 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. Alice Liu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Alice Liu is an adult endocrinologist in San Carlos, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Liu obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liu include diabetes and metabolism. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler works as a general internist. Dr. Smith-Spangler is rated highly by her patients. She has a special interest in diabetes and general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Smith-Spangler's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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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. She studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Torres include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Torres is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. 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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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. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Daniel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from the University College London (UCL) Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. Dr. Daniel's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Oregon Health & Science University, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nicole Hong practices general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass women's health issues. Patients gave Dr. Hong an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hong accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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. Amy C Portmore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Portmore's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care, women's health issues, and travel medicine. Dr. Portmore is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Portmore takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She is not currently accepting new patients. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Liza Hope Kunz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Liza Kunz specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and practices in Mountain View, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Fremont, CA. Dr. Kunz is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Kunz attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic 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, Genetic Counseling, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Blood Clots

Dr. Margie Dee Lim, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
805 Veterans Boulevard; Suite 100
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Margie Lim is a general internist. Dr. Lim attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at California Pacific Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lim include general care. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lim is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Dr. Amy S Brendel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Brendel works as an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brendel include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, she completed her residency training at California Pacific Medical Center. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brendel honors. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Amy Ellen Wong, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Wong specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and practices in San Carlos, CA, Mountain View, CA, and Fremont, CA. She is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wong attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Ginger H Roehrig, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Ginger Roehrig's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Roehrig speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: general care, women's health issues, and sports health. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Roehrig accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Bonnie K Dwyer, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Bonnie Dwyer, who practices in Mountain View, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Fremont, CA, is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and obstetrics. Dr. Dwyer takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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, Genetic Counseling, 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.