We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept SutterSelect near Santa Cruz, CA.

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

Dr. Bahar Aghighi is an adult endocrinologist. She attended The National University of Iran and then went on to complete her residency at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Aghighi has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aghighi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Aghighi welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Matthew Stenerson practices pediatric endocrinology in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He is especially interested in endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Stenerson completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Stenerson's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Laetitia Oderman works as a general OB/GYN in Santa Cruz, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Oderman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oderman has a special interest in women's health issues. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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). In addition to English, Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oderman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Kelli Beingesser is a general OB/GYN. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beingesser include women's health issues. She is professionally 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, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Beingesser performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Steven Cortes works as a family medicine practitioner. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His clinical interests encompass general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Cortes average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cortes is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He 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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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. She has a special interest in general care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Winkler is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Winkler attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete her residency at Natividad Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has a closed panel.

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

Dr. Howard Salvay is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Cruz, CA. He is especially interested in women's health issues. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Salvay is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Salvay is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His practice 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. Rebecca Catrin Barker, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Barker is an internist. On average, patients gave Dr. Barker a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She is professionally affiliated with 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, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barker is not accepting new patients at this time. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Barker attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Kimberly Owens is a family practice physician in Santa Cruz, CA. She attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Owens takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Owens is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Gilbert Goodman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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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