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

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

Dr. Dagmar Arnold is an adult endocrinology and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Her training includes residency programs at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Arnold has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Arnold takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. In addition to English, Dr. Arnold (or staff) speaks German and Danish. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Geanina Roman-Popoveniuc's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In Dr. Roman-Popoveniuc's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Coventry, and First Health. She is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. She is conversant in Romanian. Dr. Roman-Popoveniuc is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Roman-Popoveniuc is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Rosa Sherafat-Kazemzadeh is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Patients gave Dr. Sherafat-Kazemzadeh an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Sherafat-Kazemzadeh is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She speaks Persian.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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 has a special interest in diabetes and eye surgery. Her professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Bryant accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Bryant attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Vitreous Problems

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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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