We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicaid near Olney, MD.

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Specializes in General Practice, Adult Endocrinology
3305 N. Leisure World Boulevard
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Geanina Popoveniuc is a physician who specializes in general practice and adult endocrinology. Dr. Popoveniuc attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school and subsequently trained at Washington Hospital Center for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Popoveniuc takes several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health. In addition to English, she speaks Romanian. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. She is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Hospital Medicine
18188 Prince Philip Drive; Suite T-13
Olney, MD
 

Dr. Dagmar Arnold is an adult endocrinologist and hospitalist in Olney, MD. Her residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. In Dr. Arnold's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Arnold is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Arnold (or staff) is conversant in German and Danish. Dr. Arnold is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
18111 Prince Philip Drive; Physicians Office Building One Suite 104
Olney, MD
 

Dr. Rosa Sherafat-Kazemzadeh's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sherafat-Kazemzadeh is especially interested in diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Sherafat-Kazemzadeh takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is open to new patients. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
18111 Prince Philip Drive; Suite 226
Olney, MD
 

Dr. Juanita Bryant's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bryant include diabetes and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. Dr. Bryant is professionally affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, MedStar Health, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Bryant's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Bryant is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Diabetes, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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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.