We found 31 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Rhie's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Seoul National University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Berkshire Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rhie is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Madu's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Madu speaks Igbo. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Samuel Osamu Mayeda, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Other
1140 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 420
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Mayeda specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Mayeda is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mayeda is in-network for PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger specializes in adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Rettinger a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Rettinger completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Llanyee Isabella Liwanpo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Llanyee Liwanpo is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. She obtained her medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Liwanpo include disorders of calcium metabolism. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Pregnancy

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is an adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurdi takes. Before performing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Kurdi attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 354
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Chris Tsimerekis is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Tsimerekis has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He takes Health Net and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach for residency. Dr. Tsimerekis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zand's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Zand's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Ohri focuses on diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Ohri is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12828 Harbor Boulevard; Suite 320
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Robert Ha's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ha (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Ha is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ha trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Chung The Bui, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
10301 Bolsa Avenue; Suite 102
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Chung Bui is a general practitioner and family medicine practitioner. Dr. Bui (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Bui is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Bui trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and VA Wadsworth Medical Center for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11100 Warner Avenue; #154
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mikio Tachibana practices general internal medicine in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. He graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. He trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tachibana include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Tachibana has received the distinction of Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Japanese. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Tachibana's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Laura Meeree Cho, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue; Suite 306
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Laura Cho specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cho is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Cho speaks Korean. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Perimenopause, Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
801 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Khoshrou is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Khoshrou's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, gynecological problems, and heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khoshrou takes. Before performing his residency at In His Image Family Medicine, Dr. Khoshrou attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Khoshrou (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Jose L Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1125 E 17th Street; Suite E224
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Jose Valdez's area of specialization is family medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Valdez's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valdez honors. Dr. Valdez studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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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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