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

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

Dr. Diana Antoniucci's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Mayo Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. She speaks Italian. Dr. Antoniucci's hospital/clinic 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 works as an endocrinologist. She has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Earle is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Earle 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). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include 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 physician who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Kirkeby include diabetes and metabolism. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. For her professional training, Dr. Kirkeby completed a residency program 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). Her practice is open to 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, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Novato, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Yin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Yin is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and a graduate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's residency program. 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). He welcomes 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. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Weinberg's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Weinberg is accepting new patients.

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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 perinatologist and genetics specialist in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. In her practice, Dr. Arvon focuses on high risk pregnancy, genetic issues, and fibroids. The average patient rating for Dr. Arvon is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arvon honors. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Arvon has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Arvon's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Vazquez average 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in general care. Dr. Vazquez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Vazquez speaks Spanish. Dr. Vazquez is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. David Hiroshima's areas of specialization are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. His areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Hiroshima is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hiroshima accepts. Dr. Hiroshima attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Hansen speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Before performing her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Dr. Hansen attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Hansen is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hansen's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joshua Defriece's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. Dr. Defriece has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Defriece's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Banner Health. Dr. Defriece welcomes new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine; he sees patients in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Palanisamy (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Tamil. Dr. Palanisamy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Palanisamy is accepting 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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah has a special interest in general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shah attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Dr. Melinda M Scully, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
3700 California Street; Suite 4360
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melinda Scully is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Scully is especially interested in diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Scully completed residency programs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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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