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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 sees patients in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fernando at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. 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, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Irina Rosewater is an adult endocrinologist in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. Her average rating from her patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Rosewater attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Rosewater 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, who practices in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Yang trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Yang's office for an appointment.

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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) in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Dr. Martone takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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 Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Martone's 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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Rippel is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rippel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Rippel's practice is open to 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's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry; he sees patients in New Haven, CT. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blume takes. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. In addition to English, Dr. Blume speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Griffin Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus, Dr. Hong attended Zhejiang University for medical school. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hong takes. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks Mandarin, German, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hong is accepting 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Galante is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Galante a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to 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. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kumar accepts. Dr. Kumar's residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. She is conversant in Kannada. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Schreiber attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Schreiber takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Chustecka a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Chustecka is accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University, Dr. Chustecka attended medical school at Medical University of Warsaw. Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

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

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Karkanitsa is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Karkanitsa attended Minsk State Medical Institute for medical school. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks Spanish, Belarusian, and French.

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

Dr. Sunita Chhabra's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, general care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Chhabra accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Chhabra (or staff) speaks Chinese, German, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Khodzinsky takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. For his residency, Dr. Khodzinsky trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Khodzinsky (or staff) is conversant in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. Dr. Khodzinsky is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad is a general internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Before completing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Ringstad attended medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman practices ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Hebrew. These areas are among his clinical interests: cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Elman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Elman's training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.