We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Amerigroup Medicaid near Brooklyn, NY.

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1545 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 108
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Zewge Shiferaw-Deribe's specialty is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and pituitary disorders. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shiferaw-Deribe is a graduate of Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Interfaith Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Shiferaw-Deribe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Nutrition Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Devendra Kumar Shrivastava, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1545 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Devendra Shrivastava's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Shrivastava is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center, Dr. Shrivastava attended medical school at Gandhi Medical College Bhopal, Barkatullah University. In addition to English, Dr. Shrivastava (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Shrivastava's professional affiliations include New York Community Hospital of Brooklyn, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and Interfaith Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Dialysis, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
360 A 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Lalit Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. His clinical interests include diabetes, sleep disorders, and balance disorders (vestibular disorders). His average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, AmeriHealth, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Urdu, Marathi, and Arabic. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Back Problems, Neck Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Balance ... (Read more)

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Dr. Salman Adeel Haq, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
405 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Salman Haq practices interventional cardiology. Dr. Haq (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic. Dr. Haq's clinical interests include mitral valve prolapse, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Haq graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Aortic Aneurysm, Stent, Arrhythmias, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.2%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.7 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 165 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.5%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.1 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 163 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
370 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ankur Shah's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. His residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, heart failure, and exercise stress test. He takes Vytra, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Hypertension, Exercise Stress Test, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart ... (Read more)

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Dr. Rupendra Swarup, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1000 10th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Rupendra Swarup specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, myasthenia gravis, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He is in-network for Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Swarup attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Doppler Ultrasound, Transcranial Doppler, MRI, Hydrocephalus, Subdural ... (Read more)

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Dr. Samer Amin Khosrof, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
333 86th Street; Suite 1b
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Samer Khosrof, who practices in Brooklyn, NY, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, eyelid surgery, and macular degeneration. Dr. Khosrof is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Khosrof (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems, Eyelid ... (Read more)

Dr. Laurence Lamie Rezkalla, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
124; 86 Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Laurence Rezkalla is a general practitioner and internist in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Rezkalla (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Rezkalla include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. After completing medical school at Assiut University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Vytra, and more. Dr. Rezkalla has an open panel.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Hypertension, Colon Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Stephen Joseph Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
506 Sixth Street; Nymh Department of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Peterson is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Peterson's areas of expertise include mitral valve prolapse, anemia, and atrial fibrillation. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and a graduate of Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Mitral Valve Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
326 79th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Maha Awikeh practices general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Awikeh is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic.

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All Interests: Depression, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Bone ... (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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