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We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare near Columbia, MD.

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

Dr. Issam Cheikh is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Cheikh attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Union Memorial Hospital for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Coventry, First Health, and more. Dr. Cheikh has received the distinction of Baltimore magazine Top Doc. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Cheikh's professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Mindel's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Mindel graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Christiana Care Health System. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mindel's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Philip Levin practices adult endocrinology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Levin is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Levin's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

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

Dr. Gebreye Rufael is an endocrinologist in Columbia, MD. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Rufael's hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and Maryland General Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and residency at Union Memorial Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Medicare insurance.

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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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karon include diabetes and metabolism. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency 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. Rosalie Naglieri, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
10710 Charter Drive; Suite 410
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Rosalie Naglieri's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Naglieri is in-network for Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Naglieri is professionally 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 works as an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Argento's clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Argento is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Hagen is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hagen include diabetes and metabolism. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Hagen attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Ashley Davidson's specialty is adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Davidson's clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Davidson is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Davidson takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Davidson has an open panel. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Davidson completed Dr. Davidson's residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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 adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology specialist in Columbia, MD and Ciolumbia, MD. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Connie McRill's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. McRill average 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. McRill's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital. Dr. McRill accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

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. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Dua has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, Dr. Dua performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. 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

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

Dr. Mark Corriere specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Columbia, MD and Bethesda, MD. Dr. Corriere's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Corriere attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Corriere is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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Specializes in Pediatrics
11417 Barrow Downs
Columbia, MD
 

Dr. Shahid Aziz's clinical interests include diabetes. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Laurel Regional Hospital. Dr. Aziz is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Aziz attended the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Mercy Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Punjabi.

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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.