We found 3 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Stockton, CA.

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

Dr. Paul Speckart is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He works in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Speckart include diabetes, general care, and metabolism. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Speckart attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Associates in Internal Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Speckart's office for an appointment.

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

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. He attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. Dr. Calderon's training includes residency programs at Hartford Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. His clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Calderon is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Calderon's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
340 Fourth Avenue; Suite 7a
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Georges Argoud is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Argoud's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Argoud honors. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Argoud speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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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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