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We found 18 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Leap Diabetes near Blue Bell, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Mtg., PA
 

Dr. Elihu Goren is an adult endocrinologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goren's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Goren's residency was performed at Jacobi Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105 Endocrime Associates Pc
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Sherri Blackstone is an adult endocrinology specialist in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Colmar, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Blackstone is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blackstone include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blackstone honors. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Blackstone is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Mtg., PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Agarwala completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Agarwala is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Mtg., PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hamaker is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Plymouth Mtg, PA, Collegeville, PA, and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Dr. Hamaker's clinical interests encompass diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. She trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for her residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hamaker at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Mtg., PA
 

Dr. Ram Jhingan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Jhingan studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jhingan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Monisha Mandalaywala Vora, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1330 Powell Street; Suite 503
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Monisha Vora is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, glaucoma, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Vora takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Vora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
721 Skippack Pike; Suite 3
Blue Bell, PA
 

Dr. David Peet works as a family practitioner. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Peet's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Peet is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Specializes in Acupuncture, Family Medicine
2701 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Tianming Zhou's areas of specialization are acupuncture and family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou is professionally affiliated with Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. In addition to English, Dr. Zhou speaks Mandarin.

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Dr. Lance S Roberts, DO
Specializes in Physiatry
2705 Dekalb Pike; Suite 207
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Lance Roberts is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Roberts include diabetes, foot problems, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, and Phoenixville Hospital. Dr. Roberts honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Roberts attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1330 Powell Street; Suite 409
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Adil Shakir's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Shakir trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown for his residency. Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease

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Specializes in Family Medicine
725 Skippack Park; Parec Plaza, Second Floor
Blue Bell, PA
 

Dr. Harriet Schwarcz practices family medicine in Blue Bell, PA. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Schwarcz include diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Dr. Schwarcz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Schwarcz obtained her medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed her residency at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Her professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Mood Disorders

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Specializes in Podiatry
190 W Germantown Pike; Suite 120
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Lynne Casper practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) in East Norriton, PA. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, foot problems, and ankle problems. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Casper completed her residency training at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1602-04 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Azra Qureshi works as an internist. Dr. Qureshi studied medicine at Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Qureshi (or staff) speaks Urdu and Punjabi. Dr. Qureshi is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis

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Specializes in Family Medicine
721 Skippack Pike; Suite #3
Blue Bell, PA
 

Dr. Michael Barmach's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Barmach studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Barmach include diabetes, sleep disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barmach is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
4070 Butler Pike; Suite 200
Plymouth Mtg., PA
 

Dr. Hermine Stein specializes in family medicine and practices in Pottstown, PA, Plymouth Meeting, PA, and Plymouth Mtg, PA. Dr. Stein's areas of expertise include diabetes, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Stein is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Nicholas Joseph Pagano Jr.
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1000 Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Nicholas Pagano is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Pagano has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arthroscopic surgery, and foot problems. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Pagano is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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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.