We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Richmond, CA.

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. She obtained her medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Earle include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Earle's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Earle is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Earle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. Her practice is open to 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's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Kirkeby's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Patient ratings for Dr. Kirkeby average 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. For her professional training, Dr. Kirkeby completed a residency program at California Pacific Medical Center. She speaks Norwegian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Diana Antoniucci is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Antoniucci focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Antoniucci attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. She speaks Italian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Antoniucci is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Anthony Yin's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Yin's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Yin honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He offers language support for Cantonese and Spanish-speaking 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. She obtained her medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Weinberg has a 4.0 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. Dr. Weinberg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Robert Clifford Vazquez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
350 Rhode Island Street; Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Vazquez works as a family practice physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vazquez's clinical interests include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vazquez honors. Dr. Vazquez is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Vazquez speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
3700 California Street; Suite #1320
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. The average patient rating for Dr. Arvon is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Arvon include high risk pregnancy and fibroids. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Arvon has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Arvon welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. David Tatsuo Hiroshima, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
2300 California Street; Suite 103
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Hiroshima specializes in family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hiroshima include general care. Dr. Hiroshima's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Hiroshima's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Joyce E Hansen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Joyce Hansen's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Hansen's areas of expertise include general care. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. She trained at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for residency. Dr. Hansen has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hansen is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Josephine Nwannekaego Agbowo, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
660 4th Street; #202
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Josephine Agbowo specializes in family medicine and practices in San Francisco, CA and Berkeley, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Agbowo takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Agbowo graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She has an open panel.

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Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
2300 California Street; Suite 103
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy practices family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine in San Francisco, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palanisamy accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Palanisamy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Palanisamy is open to new patients.

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Dr. Shilpa Madhavan Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Shilpa Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Shah welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Joshua Chad Defriece, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
275 Battery Street; Suite 650
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Defriece practices family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Defriece's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Banner Health. Dr. Defriece is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Defriece average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Defriece welcomes new patients.

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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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