We found 47 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield of California near Richmond, CA.

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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include cushing's syndrome, pituitary tumor, and hypogonadism. Dr. Blevins is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. Dr. Blevins 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. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Earle is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Earle include diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Earle graduated from Yale School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Earle trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking patients.

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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 practices adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheng include diabetes. Dr. Cheng takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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. She has received distinctions including ENDO '08 Trainee Poster Completion Award - Endocrine Society and Associate Scientific Advisor to the Journal of Science Translational Medicine. Dr. Cheng speaks Taiwanese. Her professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Kirkeby has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her medical residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. She speaks Norwegian. Dr. Kirkeby's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kirkeby's office for an appointment.

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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 an adult endocrinology specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Weinberg accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weinberg attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weinberg's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Stephen Rosenthal works as a pediatric endocrinologist. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Rosenthal's residency was performed at Columbia University Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Rosenthal speaks French. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Diana Antoniucci, who practices in San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Antoniucci is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Mayo Medical School. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to English, she speaks Italian.

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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. Patient reviews placed Dr. Yin at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Yin attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. He offers language support for Cantonese and Spanish-speaking patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). His 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's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Rushakoff has a special interest in cushing's syndrome, diabetes, and pheochromocytoma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rushakoff accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. Dr. Rushakoff has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Umesh Masharani's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Clinical interests for Dr. Masharani include cushing's syndrome, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Dr. Masharani's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of London. Dr. Masharani has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Gujarati. He 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. Martha Nolte Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Ucsf; A545, 400 Parnassus
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Martha Kennedy's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Kennedy focuses on diabetes. Dr. Kennedy is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Haleh Bassiri is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Bassiri include diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. Dr. Bassiri accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Islamic Azad University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Missouri Health System. She speaks Persian. Dr. Bassiri is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Hyperparathyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Saleh Adi's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Adi studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He trained at California Pacific Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adi include diabetes. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adi accepts. Dr. Adi has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Adi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Adi is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jenise Colleen Wong, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1500 Owens Street; Suite 300
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jenise Wong is a pediatric endocrinologist. She has a special interest in diabetes. Dr. Wong accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Wong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. J. Tyrrell's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tyrrell include cushing's syndrome, pituitary tumor, and hypogonadism. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Tyrrell attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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

Dr. David Gardner is an endocrinologist. His areas of expertise include cushing's syndrome, hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gardner accepts. Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Gardner is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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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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