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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net HSP near San Jose, CA.

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

Dr. Juan Posada sees patients in San Jose, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Posada speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. He is affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Dr. Posada's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

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

Dr. Nga Pham is a general internist in San Jose, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pham include diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Pham trained at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Khay is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dr. Khay performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. In addition to English, he speaks Khmer. He 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 graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut and then he performed his residency at Rochester General Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tobbagi include diabetes. Dr. Tobbagi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Tobbagi (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Tobbagi is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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

Dr. Trang Do is an internist in San Jose, CA. Dr. Do's clinical interests include diabetes. She is affiliated with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Do graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at George Washington University Medical Center. 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.