We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HealthFund PPO near San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Earle is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Earle average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Earle include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Earle's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Earle is open to new patients. 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). Dr. Earle has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking 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 speaks Norwegian. In Dr. Kirkeby's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Kirkeby trained at California Pacific Medical Center for her residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Kirkeby welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Diana Antoniucci is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Antoniucci include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Antoniucci honors. Dr. Antoniucci attended Mayo Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. She is conversant in Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Antoniucci has an open panel.

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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 endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA and Novato, CA. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Yin trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Yin is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yin offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Yin's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Melissa E Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Weinberg is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Weinberg is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Weinberg average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weinberg's office for an appointment.

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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 practices family medicine in San Francisco, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Vazquez has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Vazquez speaks Spanish. Dr. Vazquez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 601
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics specialist in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Before performing her residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Arvon attended Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Arvon is especially interested in high risk pregnancy, genetic issues, and fibroids. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Arvon is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Her practice is open to 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 and practices in Santa Clara, CA, San Carlos, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Hiroshima studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Hiroshima average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hiroshima takes. Dr. Hiroshima's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices general internal medicine in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Hansen speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hansen obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hansen has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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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 works as a family medicine physician. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Agbowo's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Agbowo's practice is open to 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 specializes in family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Palanisamy trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Palanisamy (or staff) speaks Spanish and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices general internal medicine in San Francisco, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Melinda M Scully, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 Daniel Burnham Court; Suite 230c
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melinda Scully's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Scully is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Scully attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy

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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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