We found 49 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield of California near Richmond, CA.

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Dr. Diana Mirella Antoniucci, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Diana Antoniucci is an endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Antoniucci attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Dr. Antoniucci's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Antoniucci accepts. In addition to English, she speaks Italian. Dr. Antoniucci's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Earle is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Earle's areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. Patient ratings for Dr. Earle average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Earle honors. Dr. Earle has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking patients. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Kjersti Meyer Kirkeby, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. She works in Stanford, CA and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Kirkeby's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Kirkeby speaks Norwegian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Kirkeby has an open panel.

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Dr. Lewis Stuart Blevins Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Lewis Blevins practices adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include cushing's syndrome, pituitary tumor, and hypogonadism. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Blevins studied medicine at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Blevins trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for his residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Hypogonadism, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Diabetes, Cushing's Syndrome, Pituitary Tumor, Acromegaly

Dr. Anthony Y Yin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Anthony Yin is an adult endocrinology specialist in San Francisco, CA and Novato, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yin is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Yin offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Melissa E Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4150 Clement Street; Veterans Affairs Med Center 111n
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Weinberg is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. In her practice, Dr. Weinberg focuses on diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Weinberg takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Mickie Hsiao Mei Cheng, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
500 Parnassus Avenue; 5th Floor Box 1222
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Mickie Cheng's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheng include diabetes. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Cheng speaks Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Dr. Stephen Martin Rosenthal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue; 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Rosenthal is a pediatric endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA and Salinas, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosenthal include diabetes. Dr. Rosenthal is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks French. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Rosenthal welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Umesh Masharani, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
400 Parnassus Avenue; Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Umesh Masharani's specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Masharani is especially interested in cushing's syndrome, diabetes, and thyroid problems. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Masharani is a graduate of the University of London. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Masharani is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pheochromocytoma, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Cushing's Syndrome

Dr. David G Gardner, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Gardner is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Gardner's clinical interests include cushing's syndrome, hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Martha Nolte Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Ucsf; A545, 400 Parnassus
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Martha Kennedy practices adult endocrinology in San Francisco, CA. In her practice, Dr. Kennedy focuses on diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Kennedy accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kennedy attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin.

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Dr. Michael Scott German, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Michael German's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center, Dr. German attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Dr. Saleh Adi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
513 Parnassus Avenue; Room S-672
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Saleh Adi is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Adi (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Adi include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at California Pacific Medical Center for residency. Dr. Adi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Adi's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert J Rushakoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Rushakoff is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of cushing's syndrome, diabetes, and pheochromocytoma. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Rushakoff takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Pheochromocytoma, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Cushing's Syndrome

Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
400 Parnassus Avenue; Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. J. Tyrrell specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and practices in Salinas, CA and San Francisco, CA. He attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Tyrrell include cushing's syndrome, pituitary tumor, and hypogonadism. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Tyrrell has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Dr. Stephen E Gitelman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Gitelman specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Gitelman has a special interest in diabetes. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gitelman honors. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gitelman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Gitelman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Gitelman is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: 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.
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