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Dr. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
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. 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
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
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. 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 Clifford Vazquez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
350 Rhode Island Street; Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Vazquez's medical specialty is family medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Vazquez attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vazquez has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Vazquez 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
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 601
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and genetics specialist. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Arvon's training includes a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include high risk pregnancy and fibroids. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arvon is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arvon's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. She is open to new patients.

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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. Dr. Hiroshima has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include general care. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hiroshima 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Hansen is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hansen include general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Hansen has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She welcomes new patients.

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

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's areas of expertise include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her 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's specialties are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. He practices in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Palanisamy honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Palanisamy (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. His practice is open to 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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