We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Robert P Heckey, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Robert Heckey is a general practitioner and family practitioner. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Heckey takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Heckey's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. William Aaron Markoff, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1144 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 119
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. William Markoff is a family medicine practitioner. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Markoff include general care. Dr. Markoff is affiliated with Sutter Health. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Markoff is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Dr. David M Schneider, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3569 Round Barn Circle; Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. David Schneider's specialty is family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Schneider takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Schneider is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1165 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Tara Scott's medical specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests encompass general care. She honors Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Scott attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Scott (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Scott is affiliated with Sutter Health. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3536 Mendocino Avenue; 300
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Gieseke specializes in general internal medicine. He is especially interested in general care. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gieseke studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Health. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
144 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Santiago is a family practice physician in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Santiago's areas of expertise include general care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before completing his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Dr. Santiago attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Dr. Santiago has a closed panel.

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Shelley Sunny Werner
Specializes in Acupuncture
1431 Town & Country Drive; #c
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Ms. Shelley Werner's area of specialization is acupuncture. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), migraine, and infertility. She accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Vladi Starkov
Specializes in Acupuncture
513 A Street; Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Ms. Vladi Starkov works as an acupuncturist. Clinical interests for Ms. Starkov include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and migraine. She accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Ms. Starkov speaks Bulgarian.

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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.