We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Silver near Metairie, LA.

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Dr. Vivian Andrew Fonseca, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4720 S I 10 Service Road W; Suite 101
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Vivian Fonseca sees patients in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Fonseca studied medicine at Armed Forces Medical College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. He has received the following distinction: New Orleans Super Doctors. Dr. Fonseca is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Cielo R Alleyn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Cielo Alleyn specializes in pediatric endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Alleyn focuses on diabetes. Dr. Alleyn is professionally affiliated with Ochsner and Boston Children's Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Stuart Alan Chalew, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Stuart Chalew is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Chalew's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and growth problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is professionally affiliated with LSU Health New Orleans. Dr. Chalew welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Growth Problems

Dr. Tina Kaur Thethi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4726 South I-10 Service Road West; Suite 101
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Tina Thethi specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Metairie, LA and New Orleans, LA. In her practice, Dr. Thethi focuses on diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Tulane Medical Center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Ricardo Gomez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3040 33rd Street
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Ricardo Gomez specializes in pediatric endocrinology. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with LSU Health New Orleans. Dr. Gomez obtained his medical school training at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Gomez is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Growth Problems

Dr. Dania L Felipe-Fitzmorris, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Dania Felipe-Ramirez is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with LSU Health New Orleans. Dr. Felipe-Ramirez graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Felipe-Ramirez accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Mary Alice Younger, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
4740 South I-10 Service Road West; Suite 300
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Mary Younger specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Metairie, LA and New Orleans, LA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Younger include diabetes. Dr. Younger honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Younger trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Younger's professional affiliations include Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

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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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