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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1569 Lexann Avenue; Suite 112
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Nga Pham's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pham's clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pham honors. After completing medical school at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, he performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
200 Jose Figueres Avenue; Suite 315
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Darith Khay works as a family practice physician in San Jose, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Khay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Khay is conversant in Khmer. Dr. Khay is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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Dr. Juan Esteban Posada, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
200 Jose Figueres Avenue; #485-495
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Juan Posada's specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. Patients gave Dr. Posada an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Posada is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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Dr. Habib Tobbagi, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
200 Jose Figueres Avenue; Suite 260
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Habib Tobbagi sees patients in San Jose, CA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tobbagi takes. Dr. Tobbagi attended medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Tobbagi's medical residency was performed at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Tobbagi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2114 Senter Road; Suite 15
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Trang Do works as an internist in San Jose, CA. She is especially interested in diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Dr. Do is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Before completing her residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Do attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She speaks Vietnamese.

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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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