We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Stockton, CA.

Dr. Georges Maxime Argoud, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
340 Fourth Avenue; Suite 7a
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Georges Argoud is an endocrinologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Argoud include diabetes, growth problems, and osteoporosis. Patient reviews placed Dr. Argoud at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Argoud is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Argoud's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Juan M Calderon, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
340 4th Avenue; Suite 12
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Juan Calderon's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Calderon's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended National University of San Marcos for medical school and subsequently trained at Hartford Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa for residency. Dr. Calderon speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Paul Fredrick Speckart, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
3260 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Speckart is a physician who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Speckart's clinical interests encompass diabetes, general care, and metabolism. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Speckart trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Speckart has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Associates in Internal Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, General Care

Dr. Kevin Charles Considine, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 350
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Considine's specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, psoriasis, and cryosurgery. Dr. Considine is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Warren Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Considine has an open panel.

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Dr. Linhkieu Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3575 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Linhkieu Nguyen works as a family practitioner. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include abuse, ulcers, and depression. Dr. Nguyen takes AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is conversant in Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. John Richard Pedrotty Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 1st Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty works as a family practice physician. He studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Pedrotty's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Patient ratings for Dr. Pedrotty average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pedrotty has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Pedrotty is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Leon R Kelley, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
292 Euclid Avenue; 220
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Leon Kelley speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley's professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Kelley trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Iyabo Olatokunbo Daramola, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
2401 Reo Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Iyabo Daramola speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, osteoporosis, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Daramola attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Daramola accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Daramola's office for an appointment.

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Dr. David Preston Hansen, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1117 10th Street
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. David Hansen has a special interest in diabetes, preventive care, and arthritis. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hansen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Hansen is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Weight Management, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Tami M Nakahara, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Other
550 Washington Street; Suite 300
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tami Nakahara's areas of expertise include the following: warts, depression, and adolescent gynecology. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Nakahara completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Nakahara's professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Rocio M Flores, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
480 4th Avenue; Suite 516
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Rocio Flores' specialty is adult hospital medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Flores include depression, general care, and women's health issues. Dr. Flores accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Flores's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Venu Prabaker, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
7339 El Cajon Boulevard; Suite I
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Venu Prabaker attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Lutheran Medical Center, Government Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prabaker include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. The average patient rating for Dr. Prabaker is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Prabaker's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

These areas are among Dr. Peter Kelly's clinical interests: ulcers, kidney stones, and recurrent infections. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kelly is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Azam Shamani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 312
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Azam Shamani specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shamani takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shamani attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Archana Laxmisan, MA, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Archana Laxmisan studied medicine at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her medical residency was performed at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Laxmisan is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
2045 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Collin Teguh is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Teguh include diabetes, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Teguh is conversant in Indonesian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to 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.
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