We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Leap Basic Plus near Collegeville, PA.

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Dr. Sumon Kumar Agarwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala sees patients in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Collegeville, PA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agarwala include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Agarwala is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. The average patient rating for Dr. Agarwala is 4.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agarwala accepts.

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

Dr. Lisa Lynn Hamaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hamaker specializes in adult endocrinology. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Hamaker is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Hamaker attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Tianming Zhou, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
305 2nd Avenue; Suite 210
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Tianming Zhou sees patients in Collegeville, PA and Norristown, PA. His medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zhou's training includes a residency program at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathryn R Hennessey, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Kathryn Hennessey is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hennessey's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Hennessey is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hennessey completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anxiety

Specializes in Family Medicine
30 S Trooper Road
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. James Millard is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Millard is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Millard's clinical interests encompass diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and allergies. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Millard is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Diabetes

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
3125 Ridge Pike; Suite B
Eagleville, PA
 

Dr. Bernard Novabilski specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. For his residency, Dr. Novabilski trained at Frankford Hospital. Dr. Novabilski's areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Novabilski is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Novabilski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Novabilski is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Laser Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Foot Problems

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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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