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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 is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Cheikh attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Baltimore magazine Top Doc. He is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. He is open to 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mindel include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Mindel's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Before performing his residency at Christiana Care Health System, Dr. Mindel attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Gebreye Rufael's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Rufael has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Rufael's education and training includes medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and residency at Union Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and Maryland 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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karon include diabetes and metabolism. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Karon is 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 specialty is adult endocrinology. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Naglieri's clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Naglieri attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. 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's areas of specialization are adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology; he sees patients in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Argento's residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Argento's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He 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, Other
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive; Suite 220
Ellicott City, MD
 

Dr. Philip Levin is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and thyroid problems. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending Yale School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Levin completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional 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. 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. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Hagen attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hagen accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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. In her practice, Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan focuses on diabetes and metabolism. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Before performing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck 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, who practices in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. In Dr. Davidson's practice, Dr. Davidson focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Davidson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Davidson attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Dr. Davidson's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Davidson has an open panel.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Baltimore, MD and Columbia, MD. Dr. McRill attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McRill completed a residency program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Her professional 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Dua is a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. His areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dua accepts Medicare insurance. He is 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Corriere include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Corriere's professional affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He honors 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
 

Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shahid Aziz include diabetes. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Aziz studied medicine at the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University. His residency was performed at Mercy Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Laurel Regional Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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.