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

Dr. William Thomas OConnor (O Connor Oconnor) Jr MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
300 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
(707) 446-0422

Dr. William Oconnor's specialty is family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Oconnor's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Health. Dr. Oconnor honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Gary Arthur Matsumura MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
(707) 454-5800; (707) 427-4900

Dr. Gary Matsumura's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Matsumura include women's health issues. Dr. Matsumura accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Before performing his residency at White Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Matsumura attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Matsumura is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Gisha Thomas MD, MPH
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
(707) 454-5858; (707) 454-5800

Dr. Gisha Thomas practices general internal medicine in Vacaville, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include general care. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Calicut Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam.

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Dr. Camille Young Barnes MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA
(707) 427-4900

Dr. Camille Barnes is a Vacaville, CA physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. In Dr. Barnes's practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Solano Medical Center. Dr. Barnes is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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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.