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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 works as an endocrinologist in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD. He is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Cheikh average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cheikh trained at Union Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Baltimore magazine Top Doc. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Cheikh 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 specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Mindel has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mindel trained at Christiana Care Health System. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Heidi Karon, who practices in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Karon performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Naglieri graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. For her residency, Dr. Naglieri trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Naglieri's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance.

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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's specialties are adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. He practices in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Patients gave Dr. Argento an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Argento include diabetes and metabolism. He is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Argento takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Philip Levin's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In Dr. Levin's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Levin is professionally affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. His 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's specialty is adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Rufael is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. He honors Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rufael attended The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rufael's professional affiliations include 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 specializes in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology and practices in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Hagen's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Hagen attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Hagen 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 a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. She attended 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. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan's 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

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

Dr. Ashley Davidson, who practices in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Davidson obtained Dr. Davidson's medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed Dr. Davidson's residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Davidson's areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davidson honors. Dr. Davidson is affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Davidson's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Connie McRill practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Areas of expertise for Dr. McRill include diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. The average patient rating for Dr. McRill is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. McRill's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital.

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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 specializes in family medicine. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. 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's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Corriere honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. 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.

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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 education and training includes medical school at the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University and residency at Mercy Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Aziz (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Laurel Regional Hospital. Dr. Aziz 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.