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We found 33 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Gold Compass 1000 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. 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

Dr. Cynthia L Calbot-Sczepanski, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
443 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA
 

Dr. Cynthia Calbot-Sczepanski works as a general internist. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Calbot-Sczepanski completed her residency training at Lankenau Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Calbot-Sczepanski honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. J. Federico Andino Guarderas practices family medicine in Norristown, PA. His residency was performed at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Dr. Andino Guarderas's clinical interests include diabetes, foot problems, and preventive care. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Andino Guarderas is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems

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Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
700 Dekalb Street
Bridgeport, PA
 

Dr. George Homa's areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Homa is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Suburban General Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arthritis

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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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street; 2nd Floor
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Janis Rubin works as a family medicine practitioner in Conshohocken, PA. Dr. Rubin studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubin include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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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 Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street; 2nd Floor
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Joanna Kusmirek's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kusmirek include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and osteoporosis. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She is a graduate of Medical University of Warsaw. For her residency, Dr. Kusmirek trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Kusmirek (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Polish and Italian. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 200
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Arthur Ersner works as an internist. Dr. Ersner has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Ersner studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency.

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1602-04 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Denina Helm is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in family medicine. After completing medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Clinical interests for Dr. Helm include diabetes, migraine, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Helm is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Helm is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Migraine, Diabetes

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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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 200
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Bernard Carlin works as a general internist in East Norriton, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlin include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Carlin is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike; Suite 200
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Charles Cutler's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Cutler average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. 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
1437 Dekalb Street; Suite 201
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Drumm is a Norristown, PA physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Drumm's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Drumm is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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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.