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We found 59 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Aurora, CO.

Dr. Sarit Polsky, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Sarit Polsky sees patients in Aurora, CO and Denver, CO. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, she performed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Polsky's clinical interests include obesity, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Polsky honors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Polsky's hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. G. Alonso's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. He takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Alonso attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Dr. Alonso has received professional recognition including the following: Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2005) The University of Texas Houston Medical School and Member 2005 - The University of Texas Houston Medical School Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Alonso speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes

UCHealth - Mike Mcdermott MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Mike McDermott is an endocrinologist. Dr. McDermott attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center for residency. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Physician of the Year, University of Colorado Hospital; Outstanding Clinical Teacher, University of Colorado Medical School, Kaiser Permanente; and Physican of the Year, University of Colorado Hospital. His professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Gregory Peter Forlenza, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1635 Aurora Court; 6th Floor
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Gregory Forlenza is a pediatric endocrinologist in Aurora, CO. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians. Dr. Forlenza is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Robert Henry Slover II, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1775 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Robert Slover's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Slover is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Teacher 1987 - Fitzsimons Army Medical Center; Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Teacher 1991 - Fitzsimons Army Medical Center; and Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Teacher, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Aaron Michels is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. Dr. Michels graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Michels honors.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes

UCHealth - Micol Rothman MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Micol Rothman is an endocrinologist in Aurora, CO. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rothman include menopause. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rothman attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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UCHealth - James Falko MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. James Falko specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Falko takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Satish K Garg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1775 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Satish Garg is an adult endocrinologist. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Garg is a graduate of Punjab Medical College. Dr. Garg has received professional recognition including the following: ADA-Award, ADA; RSSDI Oration, RSSDI; and PGIMER-Award, PGIMER. Dr. Garg (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes, Kidney Problems

Dr. Cecilia Chiacheh Low Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Cecilia Wang practices adult endocrinology in Aurora, CO and Denver, CO. Dr. Wang honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For her residency, Dr. Wang trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. In addition to English, Dr. Wang speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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UCHealth - Virginia Sarapura MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Virginia Sarapura practices adult endocrinology in Aurora, CO. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Sarapura trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Sarapura's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Sarapura's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Pituitary Tumor, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Wierman, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Margaret Wierman is an adult endocrinology specialist in Aurora, CO and Denver, CO. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include menopause and contraception (birth control). Dr. Wierman honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wierman is affiliated with VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Raymond S Gutin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1775 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Raymond Gutin, who practices in Aurora, CO, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gutin's professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Kristen Jane Nadeau, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Kristen Nadeau practices pediatric endocrinology in Aurora, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Nadeau is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Viralkumar N Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1775 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Viral Shah's specialty is adult endocrinology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah has received distinctions including Short-term Studentship 2001 - Indian Council of Medical Research; Clinical Medicine Scholar Award 2006 - B. Braun Medical Trust Foundation; and Excellence in Endocrinology 2012 - A.V. Gandhi Award. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Liz Thomas' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile 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.