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We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare near San Ramon, CA.

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

Dr. Yshay Shlesinger is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Shlesinger average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shlesinger is especially interested in disorders of calcium metabolism, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net ELECT POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shlesinger obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). He is conversant in Hebrew.

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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's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reed is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Santa Clara, CA and Danville, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She graduated from Sindh Medical College and then she performed her residency at Natividad Medical Center. She is especially interested in general care. On average, patients gave Dr. Saifullah a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Saifullah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Saifullah's practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Dublin, CA and Danville, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Benson focuses on general care. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Benson is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Advani include general care. Dr. Advani has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Advani's education and training includes medical school at Odessa State Medical University and residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Advani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Russian, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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 sees patients in Danville, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Bowman has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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.