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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD. He speaks Arabic. These areas are among Dr. Cheikh's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. His professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Howard County General Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cheikh trained at Union Memorial Hospital for his residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health. Dr. Cheikh has received the distinction of Baltimore magazine Top Doc. 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Mindel attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Christiana Care Health System. He is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mindel honors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Mindel's practice is open to 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 works as an endocrinologist in Baltimore, MD and Ellicott City, MD. In Dr. Levin's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Levin is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

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. In Dr. Karon's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Karon attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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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 an adult endocrinology specialist in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Before performing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Naglieri attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. In her practice, Dr. Naglieri focuses on diabetes and metabolism. The average patient rating for Dr. Naglieri is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Naglieri is in-network for Medicare insurance. She 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 practices adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Dr. Argento has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. 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 is a Columbia, MD physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. In his practice, Dr. Rufael focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Rufael is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital and Maryland General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rufael attended The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for 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 an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gaynes-Kaplan has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then she performed her 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

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

Dr. Ashley Davidson's specialty is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Davidson include diabetes and metabolism. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Davidson's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. Dr. Davidson is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

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

Dr. Ann Hagen sees patients in Laurel, MD and Columbia, MD. Her medical specialties are adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Hagen is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Hagen attended the University of Maryland 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

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

Dr. Henry Leder works as a retina specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leder include diabetes, macular degeneration, and macular hole. Dr. Leder's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Leder attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Leder is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McRill's clinical interests encompass diabetes, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. She studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for her residency. Dr. McRill is affiliated with MedStar Health and Saint Agnes Hospital.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Corriere is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with 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 works as a family practitioner. He graduated from Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine. Dr. Dua's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Dua average 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard County General Hospital and Banner Health.

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

Specializes in Pediatrics
11417 Barrow Downs
Columbia, MD
 

In Dr. Shahid Aziz's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine 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. Dr. Aziz (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Punjabi. He is affiliated with MedStar Health and Laurel Regional Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his 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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