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Dr. Marinela L Turc Convery, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
36001 Euclid Avenue; Suite B11
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Marinela Turc-Convery practices general internal medicine in Willoughby, OH. Dr. Turc-Convery's areas of expertise include menopause, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Turc-Convery is affiliated with Hillcrest Hospital, Euclid Hospital, and Lake Health. Dr. Turc-Convery accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara for medical school, Dr. Turc-Convery completed Dr. Turc-Convery's residency training at Huron Hospital.

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Dr. Haitham J Kousa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9485 Mentor Avenue; Suite 104
Mentor, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Kousa specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Mentor, OH and Eastlake, OH. Dr. Kousa has a special interest in diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and heart problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kousa completed a residency program at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Dr. Kousa is affiliated with Lake Health.

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All Interests: Back Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Spine Problems

Dr. Winston Ho, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
38429 Lakeshore Boulevard
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Winston Ho is a general internist in Willoughby, OH. These areas are among Dr. Ho's clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and heartburn. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with West Hospital and Lake Health.

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Dr. Andrew Kwabena Brobbey, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
36001 Euclid Avenue; Suite B14
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Andrew Brobbey's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Brobbey studied medicine at the University of Ghana Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: male incontinence, thyroid problems, and female incontinence. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with West Hospital and Lake Health.

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
9500 Mentor Avenue; Suite 210
Mentor, OH
 

Dr. Jeffrey Lupica's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His areas of expertise include diabetes, bunion surgery, and hammer toe surgery. Dr. Lupica is professionally affiliated with West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center. He is in-network for Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 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.
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