We found 26 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 is an adult endocrinologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). His education and training includes medical school at Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seth G.S. Medical College and residency at Berkshire Medical Center. Dr. Rhie takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. 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. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Shah attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Madu average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Methodist Hospital and Albany Medical Center, Dr. Madu attended the University of Lagos College of Medicine and the University of Benin School of Medicine. Dr. Madu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Nigerian and Spanish. 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's practice is open to new patients.

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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 area of specialization is adult endocrinology. 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). Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism. Dr. Liwanpo honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. She is professionally 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

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

Dr. Samuel Mayeda's specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mayeda honors several insurance carriers, including PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Mayeda attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at Baystate Medical Center for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rettinger's education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. 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: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Alex Zand specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Dr. Zand is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Zand honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. His 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, 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 is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Ohri's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ohri graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her 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

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

Dr. Mikio Tachibana is a general internist in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Before performing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Tachibana attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tachibana takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) speaks Filipino and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He welcomes 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 works as a general internist in Orange, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Cho average 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Cho include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts 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. Dr. Cho speaks Korean. She is affiliated with 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. Virany Margaret Kreng, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Virany Kreng's specialty is family medicine. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kreng's areas of expertise include well women care, genital warts, and adolescent issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. In addition to English, Dr. Kreng speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Immunization, Genital Warts, Family Planning, Pap Test, HPV, Patient Education, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert William Buster, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
845 W La Veta Avenue; #108
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Robert Buster practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Orange, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Buster include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and aging. Dr. Buster is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Buster completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Buster is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cholesterol Problems, High Cholesterol, Memory Loss, Geriatric ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jose Valdez is a family practice physician in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Valdez's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Valdez is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Norman Joel Rosen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue; Suite 306
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Norman Rosen's specialty is family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, substance abuse, and menopause. Dr. Rosen honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. He 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: Menopause, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Bone Density Test, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry Frederick Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 311
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jerry Tsai is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include diabetes, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and heart problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Edgar Madrid, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Philip Madrid specializes in family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. Dr. Madrid is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Madrid is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Biopsy, Acne, Diabetes, Skin Issues, 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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