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

Dr. Irina Rosewater works as an endocrinologist in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Rosewater has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. She is open to new patients.

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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. Surani Fernando's specialty is adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Fernando trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fernando is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Kai Yang practices adult endocrinology in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Yang attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yang is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Edward Rippel's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel is a graduate of New York Medical College. He trained at Morristown Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Rippel has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. James Martone works as an ophthalmologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Dr. Martone's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Martone is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Martone completed residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Martone (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian.

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

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

Dr. Lorenzo Galante's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Galante is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Galante studied medicine at the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Galante (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar completed her residency training at Bridgeport Hospital. She speaks Kannada. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa sees patients in Hamden, CT, Stratford, CT, and West Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Belarusian, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Karkanitsa obtained his medical school training at Minsk State Medical Institute and performed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Hebrew. In his practice, Dr. Elman focuses on comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Elman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Elman is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. He is open to 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
12 Village Street; Suite 5
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Xiaoming Hong specializes in general internal medicine and practices in North Haven, CT. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus, Dr. Hong attended medical school at Zhejiang University. She honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, German, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka works as an internist in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and Cheshire, CT. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chustecka takes. Dr. Chustecka graduated from Medical University of Warsaw. Her medical residency was performed 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 professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad works as an internist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Ringstad is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Sunita Chhabra works as an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chhabra include diabetes, general care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Chhabra is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is open to new patients. Dr. Chhabra's medical residency was performed at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Chhabra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chinese, German, and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Gimbel's specialty is general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Gimbel attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Gimbel is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Travel Medicine

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
One Evergreen Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Lori Paragas specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Paragas's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Athlete's Foot, Ankle Fracture, Achilles Tendon Problems, Hammer Toe, Ingrown ... (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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