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We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Anthem near San Ramon, CA.

Dr. Yshay Shlesinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
111 Deerwood Road; #180
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Yshay Shlesinger's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Shlesinger's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Patient ratings for Dr. Shlesinger average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net ELECT POS. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Shlesinger's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Alison Sara Reed, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2303 Camino Ramon; Suite 175
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Alison Reed practices pediatric endocrinology. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Reed's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency. Dr. Reed is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolism, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes

Dr. Sayema Afsar Saifullah, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
915 San Ramon Valley Boulevard; Suite 100
Danville, CA
 

Dr. Sayema Saifullah works as a family practice physician in Santa Clara, CA and Danville, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saifullah's clinical interests include general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saifullah takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Saifullah is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Natividad Medical Center. Dr. Saifullah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kim B Benson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
915 San Ramon Valley Boulevard; Suite 100
Danville, CA
 

Dr. Kim Benson's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Benson include general care. Dr. Benson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Benson trained at Montefiore Medical Center for her residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Benson average 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Benson is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonal Jain Advani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
915 San Ramon Valley Boulevard; Suite 100
Danville, CA
 

Dr. Sonal Advani is an internist in Fremont, CA and Danville, CA. Dr. Advani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Russian, Hindi, and Punjabi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Advani include general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Odessa State Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Advani honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Tuberculosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chelsea Elizabeth Bowman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
915 San Ramon Valley Boulevard; Suite 100
Danville, CA
 

Dr. Chelsea Bowman's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Bowman's clinical interests include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Bowman graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care

Dr. Steven Alan Friedman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5601 Norris Canyon Road; #310
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Steven Friedman, who practices in San Ramon, CA and Walnut Creek, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
200 Porter Drive; Suite 300
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Jon Rasak sees patients in San Ramon, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rasak's areas of expertise include tonsilitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rasak is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Depression, Pain, Type 1 Diabetes, Hip Problems, Upper Respiratory Infection, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

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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.