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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 sees patients in Newport Beach, CA and Orange, CA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Seoul National University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Berkshire Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. His practice is open to 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 practices adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Madu include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Madu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Madu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Dr. Madu's training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Igbo.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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

Dr. Llanyee Liwanpo's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in disorders of calcium metabolism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Liwanpo is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Liwanpo attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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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

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

Dr. Samuel Mayeda's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mayeda at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Before completing his residency at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Mayeda attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Herbert Rettinger's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rettinger is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rettinger trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rettinger takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Priya Shah specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with 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)

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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. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kurdi's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurdi obtained his medical school training at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. 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

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

Dr. Chris Tsimerekis is an adult endocrinologist. He is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Tsimerekis accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. Dr. Tsimerekis (or staff) is conversant in 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 specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Zand's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ohri's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include diabetes and women's health issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. 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 the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her 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, Women's Health Issues

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

Dr. Laura Cho sees patients in Orange, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Cho is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Korean. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou is a family medicine physician. Dr. Khoshrou has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoshrou include diabetes, gynecological problems, and heart problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at In His Image Family Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Khoshrou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Khoshrou'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: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Robert Tae Ha, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12828 Harbor Boulevard; Suite 320
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Robert Ha works as a general internist. Dr. Ha's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. He attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ha (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Westminster, CA. His medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Bui (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Bui is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. After attending Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, he completed his residency training at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and VA Wadsworth Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Fernando Galvan Martinez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Fernando Martinez is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Martinez include prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Martinez graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Martinez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Tachibana include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Tachibana is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school and subsequently trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks Filipino and Japanese. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tachibana's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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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.