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We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept SutterSelect PPO near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Jill Elizabeth Rushton-Miller, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jill Rushton-Miller's specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Rushton-Miller accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Rushton-Miller has an open panel. She graduated from Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency.

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Dr. Gary M Nichols, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2455 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Gary Nichols practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Nichols include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nichols takes. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Thomas J Honrath, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Honrath's medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Honrath include general care. Dr. Honrath's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Honrath's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 9
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics specialist in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Her clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy, genetic issues, and fibroids. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arvon studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Arvon trained at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Arvon has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Renee A Armstrong, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
510 Doyle Park Drive
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Renee Armstrong works as a family medicine physician in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Armstrong studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa for her residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Armstrong include general care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Armstrong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Armstrong is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Heckey's medical specialty is general practice and family medicine. He is especially interested in general care. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Heckey is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Tabitha Doniach, PhD, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
131b Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Tabitha Doniach's area of specialization is family medicine. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Doniach attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Doniach is open to new patients.

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Dr. Rita Y. F. Wang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 Mark West Springs Road; 2nd Floor
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Rita Wang is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Rosa, CA. In her practice, Dr. Wang focuses on women's health issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Wang attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. She is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Wang is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Jeremy Carl Mesches, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
131 Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Mesches is a family practitioner. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mesches include general care. Dr. Mesches accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Mesches attended New York Medical College for medical school. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Mesches welcomes new patients.

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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.