We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Bahar Aghighi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bahar Aghighi is an adult endocrinology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Aghighi average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aghighi has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aghighi takes. She studied medicine at The National University of Iran. She trained at Maricopa Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Aghighi speaks Persian. Dr. Aghighi is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew B Stenerson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Matt Stenerson, who practices in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Stenerson is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He has indicated that his clinical interests include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Stenerson's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Laetitia Marie-Jane Poisson De Souzy, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Laetitia Oderman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Oderman include women's health issues. Patient reviews placed Dr. Oderman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Oderman takes. Dr. Oderman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oderman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Vickie L Winkler, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
115 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Vickie Winkler is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Winkler is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, she completed her residency training at Natividad Medical Center. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Winkler is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, General Care, Menopause, Preventive Care, Intrauterine Device, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca Catrin Barker, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Barker sees patients in Scotts Valley, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Barker is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Barker is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barker is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Barker's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, General Care, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Kelli Rae Beingesser, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kelli Beingesser specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Watsonville, CA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Beingesser accepts. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Beingesser attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Cortes's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cortes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Bradley Salvay, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Salvay is a general OB/GYN. In his practice, he is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Salvay is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Salvay average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Salvay is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric S Parsons, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eric Parsons is a family practitioner. His areas of expertise include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Parsons is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Parsons has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Circumcision, Contraception, Migraine, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include general care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Goodman is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Goodman's residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Joyce Owens, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Owens is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Owens include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Unfortunately, Dr. Owens is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, Menopause, Cholesterol Problems, Infections

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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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