We found 4 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Lane completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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 medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Bobrow's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Bobrow is not accepting new patients at this time. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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

Dr. John Folan practices general internal medicine in Islandia, NY and Medford, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Folan is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Folan's areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and women's health issues. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. After attending 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, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Folan is conversant in Spanish. He is 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 is a family medicine practitioner in East Setauket, NY and Patchogue, NY. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Phillips include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Phillips is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Phillips (or staff) is conversant in 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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