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We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA Plans near Southampton, NY.

Dr. Vivica Dade Vollmer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Vivica Vollmer's medical specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vollmer is affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Vollmer performed her residency at Lancaster General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Vollmer (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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Dr. Robert S. S Bobrow, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Robert Bobrow specializes in family medicine and practices in Hauppauge, NY, Patchogue, NY, and Southampton, NY. Dr. Bobrow's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Bobrow is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
205 Windmill Lane; Suite A
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Allen Fein's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Fein's areas of expertise include heart attack, immigration issues, and laryngoscopy. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fein takes. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Fein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Dr. Manal S Soliman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Manal Soliman's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Soliman graduated from Tanta University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Soliman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Soliman is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare).

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Dr. Jeanine Murphy Morelli, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Jeanine Morelli is a family medicine physician. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and osteoporosis. She accepts Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Morelli studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Morelli's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare).

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Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Susan Debevoise's area of specialization is family medicine. Before performing her residency at New York Methodist Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Debevoise attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Debevoise's areas of expertise include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Gretchen Mockler sees patients in Southampton, NY, East Setauket, NY, and Stony Brook, NY. Her medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and influenza (flu). Dr. Mockler is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mockler is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.