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

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

Dr. Bahar Aghighi specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Aghighi average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aghighi has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Aghighi attended The National University of Iran for medical school. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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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 specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Stenerson include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Stenerson is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to 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 is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Oderman attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Oderman has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oderman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to 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's area of specialization is family medicine. She has a special interest in general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Winkler graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. Her medical residency was performed at Natividad Medical Center. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Winkler is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Barker highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Barker is not accepting new patients at this time. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Beingesser's clinical interests include women's health issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Beingesser's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His clinical interests encompass general care. Patients rated Dr. Cortes highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cortes accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Cortes is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Salvay's clinical interests include women's health issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Salvay is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 works as a family practitioner in Santa Cruz, CA and Salinas, CA. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle. Dr. Parsons's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Parsons is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 works as an internist in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Kimberly Owens practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. In her practice, Dr. Owens focuses on general care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Owens studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Owens's hospital/clinic 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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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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