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Dr. Scott Michael Dorfner, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
639 Stokes Road
Medford, NJ

Dr. Scott Dorfner is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dorfner include post-polio syndrome (PPS), ankle sprain, and sports health. Patient ratings for Dr. Dorfner average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dorfner is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Jefferson Health.

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All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Diabetes Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beckie Michael, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
769 E Route 70; Suite C-125
Marlton, NJ

Dr. Beckie Michael is a Marlton, NJ physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Michael's clinical interests include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. She honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford. She is affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Scleroderma, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Associates of Southern Nj; Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ

Dr. James D'amico is a general internist. Dr. D'amico is a graduate of UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford's residency program. His clinical interests include post-polio syndrome (PPS), warts, and ankle sprain. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. D'amico accepts. Dr. D'amico is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Diabetes Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cellulitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christina L Chao, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Virtua Pinelands Ob/gyn - Medford; Medford Medical Center
Medford, NJ

Dr. Christina Chao's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chao include menopause, vaginal vault suspension, and female incontinence. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chao is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Amenorrhea, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervix ... (Read more)



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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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