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 practices adult endocrinology. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fernando's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fernando takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosewater honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rosewater welcomes 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. Kai Yang specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Yang is accepting new patients. Dr. Yang attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Yang completed a residency program 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 sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Martone (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. Dr. Martone's areas of expertise include diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Martone graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Rippel performed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rippel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Rippel is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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 and practices in New Haven, CT. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Saint Mary's Hospital (Waterbury, CT), Yale New Haven Health System, and Griffin Hospital. Dr. Blume completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Blume's average patient rating 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. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kumar accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. For her residency, Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada.

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

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

Dr. Xiaoming Hong works as a general internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. Dr. Hong is open to new patients. Dr. Hong obtained her medical school training at Zhejiang University and performed her residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks Mandarin, German, and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Lorenzo Galante's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Galante graduated from the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Galante is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Minsk State Medical Institute for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks Spanish, Belarusian, and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Karkanitsa is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Ringstad is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. He is conversant in Hebrew. His areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Elman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Elman trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. 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
1 Bradley Road; Suite 709
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. William Schreiber practices general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schreiber honors. Dr. Schreiber attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Schreiber is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chustecka attended Medical University of Warsaw and then went on to complete her residency 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 welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sunita Chhabra is an internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. These areas are among Dr. Chhabra's clinical interests: diabetes, general care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. For her residency, Dr. Chhabra trained at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Chhabra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chinese, German, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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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 practices general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gimbel is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Gimbel 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

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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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