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

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

Dr. Vivica Vollmer practices family medicine. Dr. Vollmer (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish. Her clinical interests include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Lancaster General Hospital for her residency. Dr. Vollmer is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry, and more.

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

Dr. Robert Bobrow's specialty is family medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Bobrow's clinical interests: diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). Dr. Bobrow is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is not currently accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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

Dr. Allen Fein specializes in family medicine and practices in Southampton, NY. Dr. Fein's areas of expertise include the following: heart attack, immigration issues, and laryngoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Jewish General Hospital for residency. Dr. Fein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Fein is 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Soliman (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soliman include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Soliman is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). Dr. Soliman studied medicine at Tanta University Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans.

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

Dr. Jeanine Morelli works as a family practitioner in East Setauket, NY and Southampton, NY. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and osteoporosis. She takes Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Morelli studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Morelli speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare).

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Specializes in Family Medicine
330 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
 

Dr. Susan Debevoise specializes in family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Debevoise is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. She studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York Methodist Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Debevoise is affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mockler include diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and influenza (flu). Dr. Mockler takes HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mockler is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare).

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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.