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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare near Patchogue, NY.

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

Dr. Andrew Lane practices pediatric endocrinology in Stony Brook, NY, Patchogue, NY, and East Setauket, NY. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Lane trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lane include diabetes, thyroid problems, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Patients gave Dr. Lane an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lane honors. Dr. Lane (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Bobrow studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His areas of expertise include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bobrow is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
31 Oak Street
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Gwendolyn Stretch is a family medicine practitioner in East Setauket, NY, Patchogue, NY, and Coram, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stretch include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Viant, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. John Folan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Folan's areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and osteoporosis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Folan studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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 practices family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Phillips's clinical interests: diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Before performing his residency at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Phillips attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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.