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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 in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Fernando is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Fernando's medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Rosewater is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Rosewater's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She 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, Diabetes, Diabetes ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kai Yang is an adult endocrinologist. Dr. Yang is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Yang completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Yang welcomes new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In Dr. Martone's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. He is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martone accepts. Dr. Martone (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Rippel's practice is open to new patients. 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 languages: Spanish and Italian.

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

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. Dr. Blume's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Blume trained at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. In addition to English, Dr. Blume speaks Spanish. He is 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 specializes in general internal medicine. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong honors. Dr. Hong's education and training includes medical school at Zhejiang University and residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus. Dr. Hong (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, German, and Hindi. Dr. Hong is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice 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
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Lorenzo Galante is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Galante attended medical school at the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Galante is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for her residency. She is conversant in Kannada. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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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
1 Bradley Road; Suite 709
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. William Schreiber specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Woodbridge, CT and New Haven, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Schreiber is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Schreiber accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Chustecka obtained her medical school training at Medical University of Warsaw and performed her residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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)

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

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa is a general internist in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Minsk State Medical Institute for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Belarusian, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Karkanitsa welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sunita Chhabra practices general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chhabra include diabetes, general care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. For her professional training, Dr. Chhabra completed a residency program 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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Roman Khodzinsky works as an internist in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Khodzinsky's practice is open to new patients. He trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. Dr. Khodzinsky (or staff) speaks Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian.

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad is an internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ringstad accepts. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad's medical residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Elman's areas of expertise include the following: cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. Dr. Elman's education and training includes medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He speaks Hebrew. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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)

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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.