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Dr. Andrew Harry Lane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Andrew Lane specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in Stony Brook, NY, Patchogue, NY, and East Setauket, NY. Dr. Lane's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lane completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lane (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian.

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Dr. Robert S. S Bobrow, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
31 Oak Street; Suite 3
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Robert Bobrow practices family medicine in Hauppauge, NY, Patchogue, NY, and Southampton, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Bobrow include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). Dr. Bobrow graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Bobrow's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has a closed panel.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1743 North Ocean Avenue
Medford, NY
 

Dr. John Folan's specialty is general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Folan attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school. His areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave Dr. Folan a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Folan honors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Folan is professionally affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Dr. Jedan Paul Phillips, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
31 Oak Street
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Jedan Phillips' area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Phillips attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips's residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Phillips (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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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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