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Dr. Elihu Norman Goren, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Elihu Goren, who practices in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Colmar, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Goren is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Goren include diabetes, menopause, and thyroid problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Goren has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Sherri Elise Blackstone, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105 Endocrime Associates Pc
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Sherri Blackstone's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Blackstone's training includes a residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital. She has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blackstone takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Lisa Lynn Hamaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hamaker's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Hamaker has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamaker takes. Dr. Hamaker is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Jose Federico F Andino Guarderas, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1330 Powell Street; Suite 409
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. J. Federico Andino Guarderas specializes in family medicine and practices in Norristown, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, foot problems, and preventive care. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Andino Guarderas's residency was performed at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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

Dr. Denina Adele Helm, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1602-1604 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Denina Helm's specialty is family medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, migraine, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Helm is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Howard University College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Helm completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. She is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Migraine, Diabetes

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

Dr. Monisha Vora is an ophthalmologist in Philadelphia, PA, Norristown, PA, and Jenkintown, PA. Her clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Vora 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. In addition to English, Dr. Vora (or staff) speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Gujarati. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Laser Surgery, Diabetes

Dr. Janis W Rubin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street; 2nd Floor
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Janis Rubin's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubin include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Rubin is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for her residency. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rubin takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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

Dr. George Homa's areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Homa is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Suburban General Hospital. Dr. Homa is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. David C Peet Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
721 Skippack Pike; Suite 3
Blue Bell, PA
 

Dr. David Peet's area of specialization is family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Peet's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Peet speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Dr. Tianming Zhou, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2701 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Tianming Zhou practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zhou include diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Zhou trained at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Zhou's professional affiliations include Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Dr. Joanna Stefania Kusmirek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street; 2nd Floor
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Joanna Kusmirek specializes in family medicine. Dr. Kusmirek's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Kusmirek attended Medical University of Warsaw for medical school. Dr. Kusmirek (or staff) is conversant in Polish and Italian.

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

Dr. Arthur R Ersner, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Arthur Ersner practices general internal medicine in Norristown, PA and East Norriton, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Ersner include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Ersner attended Temple University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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

Dr. Bernard Hugh Carlin, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Bernard Carlin specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Carlin accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Charles Cutler, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
342 W. Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Charles Cutler works as a general internist. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cutler accepts. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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

Dr. Christopher Drumm, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1437 Dekalb Street
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Drumm practices family medicine in Norristown, PA. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and migraine. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Drumm studied medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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

Dr. Harriet Schwarcz's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Schwarcz include diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Montgomery Hospital, Norristown's residency program. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Schwarcz takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She has an open panel.

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

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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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