We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HMO near Vacaville, CA.

Specializes in Family Medicine
300 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
 

Dr. William Oconnor's specialty is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Oconnor include general care. Dr. Oconnor's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital. Dr. Oconnor is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
 

Dr. Gary Matsumura is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Vacaville, CA and Vallejo, CA. His clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Matsumura is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at White Memorial Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
 

Dr. Gisha Thomas specializes in general internal medicine. She attended medical school at Calicut Medical College. She is especially interested in general care. Dr. Thomas takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3700 Hilborn Road; Suite 200
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Josefina Arenas is a general internist in Fairfield, CA. She has a special interest in obesity, nutrition counseling, and preventive care. Dr. Arenas accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Her residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. She is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Arenas is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. She 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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