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

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

Dr. Surani Fernando is an adult endocrinology specialist in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. For her residency, Dr. Fernando trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fernando is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Irina Rosewater is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rosewater is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Rosewater trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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

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

Dr. Kai Yang is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Yang's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. James Martone, who practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Martone (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martone include diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Martone attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His training includes residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Martone average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Martone accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to 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 specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rippel attended New York Medical College for medical school. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Galante is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Galante has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 works as a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Griffin Hospital. Dr. Blume is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has an open panel. Dr. Blume's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Xiaoming Hong practices general internal medicine. She studied medicine at Zhejiang University. She trained at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus for residency. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong takes. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, German, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hong has an open panel.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar practices general internal medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Kumar completed a residency program at Bridgeport Hospital. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Kumar is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa works as a general internist in Hamden, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. He is a graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Karkanitsa's residency was performed at Lutheran Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks Spanish, Belarusian, and French. Dr. Karkanitsa is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. Dr. Elman's areas of expertise include the following: comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Elman completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts 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)

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

Dr. William Schreiber's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Schreiber is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Schreiber completed a residency program at Montefiore Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schreiber's office for an appointment.

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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. Patients gave Dr. Chustecka an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical University of Warsaw for medical school, she completed her residency training at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. In addition to English, Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks Spanish, Polish, and Russian. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chustecka welcomes new patients.

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

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. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Suesserman attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Suesserman takes. Dr. Suesserman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Yiddish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Suesserman is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Gimbel is an emergency medicine specialist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Gimbel is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gimbel accepts. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Travel Medicine

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad's residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ringstad is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Sinus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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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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