We found 21 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Hamden, CT.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Surani Fernando works as an endocrinologist. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. For her professional training, Dr. Fernando completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Fernando accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Bone Density Test, Addison's Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Irina Rosewater, who practices in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Rosewater's patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. Dr. Rosewater is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Bone Density Test, Addison's Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Pituitary Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Kai Yang's specialty is adult endocrinology. She takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yang attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Yang has an open panel.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Addison's Disease, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Diabetes Education, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. James Martone practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Martone (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. Dr. Martone's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Martone is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Intraocular Lens Implant, Contact Lenses

Dr. Edward Glenn Rippel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Edward Rippel is a general internist in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Rippel is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Rippel a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Hiatal Hernia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lorenzo Salvatore Galante, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Lorenzo Galante works as an internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Galante is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Galante welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Peter Andrew Blume
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
508 Blake Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Peter Blume specializes in foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. For his residency, Dr. Blume trained at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Blume is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Blume is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Griffin Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, Sports Health, Plantar Fasciitis, Hammer Toe, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street; Suite 5
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Xiaoming Hong's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks Mandarin, German, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Zhejiang University, Dr. Hong performed her residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus. Dr. Hong accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Alzheimer's Disease

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar works as a general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Infertility, Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue; 3rd Floor
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Karkanitsa is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Karkanitsa attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. His medical residency was performed at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Belarusian, and French.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Elman is conversant in Hebrew. These areas are among his clinical interests: cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Elman is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Elman welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye Trauma, Cataract Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Bradley Road; Suite 709
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. William Schreiber sees patients in Woodbridge, CT and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. Patients gave Dr. Schreiber an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Schreiber welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She attended Medical University of Warsaw and then went on to complete her residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. The average patient rating for Dr. Chustecka is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian. Dr. Chustecka is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Gynecology
60 Washington Avenue; Suite 105
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Herbert Suesserman specializes in general gynecology and practices in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Suesserman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Yiddish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Infertility, Metabolism, Headache, Immunization, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
3 Lincoln Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Jeffrey Gimbel is an emergency medicine specialist. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his professional training, Dr. Gimbel completed a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gimbel's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Travel Medicine

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street; Suite 5
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Sunita Chhabra's specialty is general internal medicine. She completed her residency training at Long Island College Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chhabra include diabetes, general care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Chhabra takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Chhabra (or staff) speaks Chinese, German, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chhabra welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Respiratory Infection, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, General Care

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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.