We found 15 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare near Columbia, MD.

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Dr. Issam Essa Cheikh, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2850 North Ridge Road; Suite 203
Ellicott City, MD
 

Dr. Issam Cheikh specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Cheikh honors MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Union Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Cheikh has received the distinction of Baltimore magazine Top Doc. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Cheikh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Infections

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive; Suite 220
Ellicott City, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Mindel works as an endocrinologist in Ellicott City, MD and Baltimore, MD. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. His professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Mindel obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Christiana Care Health System. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Other
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive; Suite 220
Ellicott City, MD
 

Dr. Philip Levin is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Levin studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Levin is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Rosalie Naglieri, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Rosalie Naglieri specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. She obtained her medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Naglieri include diabetes and metabolism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Naglieri is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Nicholas Barry Argento, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
1071 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Nicholas Argento practices adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Argento is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Argento is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Gebreye W Rufael, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
10840 Little Patuxent Pky; 302
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Gebreye Rufael practices adult endocrinology in Columbia, MD. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rufael include diabetes and metabolism. He takes Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Union Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital and Maryland General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Ann Clark Hagen, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Ann Hagen practices adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hagen completed a residency program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hagen accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Heidi Ann Karon, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Heidi Karon is an adult endocrinology specialist in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Her areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Karon is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Karon completed a residency program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Lynne A Gaynes-Kaplan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Lynne Gaynes-Kaplan is an endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist in Columbia, MD and Ciolumbia, MD. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive; Suite 220
Ellicott City, MD
 

Dr. Ashley Davidson practices adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Davidson focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. She is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Davidson completed her residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

Dr. Henry Alexander Leder, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
12300 Fox Hollow Court
West Friendship, MD
 

Dr. Henry Leder is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Pikesville, MD, Havre De Grace, MD, and Baltimore, MD. Dr. Leder is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and macular hole. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Leder attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, and LifeBridge Health. Dr. Leder welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
11055 Little Patuxent Pky; Suite 105
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Connie McRill works as an ophthalmologist in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Dr. McRill's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. McRill average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

Dr. Mark Dominic Corriere, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Mark Corriere practices general internal medicine. Dr. Corriere attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for residency. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Rajiv Dua, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8186 Lark Brown Road; Suite 201-202
Elkridge, MD
 

Dr. Rajiv Dua's specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Dua a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Dua attended medical school at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital and Banner Health.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care

Specializes in General Pediatrics
11417 Barrow Downs
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Shahid Aziz's medical specialty is general pediatrics. He attended medical school at the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University. Dr. Aziz's residency was performed at Mercy Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has a special interest in diabetes. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Harbor Hospital and Laurel Regional Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aziz's office for an appointment.

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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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