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

Dr. Sumon Kumar Agarwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street; Suite 300
Collegeville, 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
100 Market Street
Collegeville, 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 Acupuncture, Family Medicine
305 2nd Avenue; Suite 210
Collegeville, 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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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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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 and practices in Eagleville, PA and East Norriton, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Novabilski include diabetes, foot problems, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Novabilski accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Novabilski completed his residency training at Frankford Hospital. Dr. Novabilski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish.

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1 Iron Bridge Drive; Suite 150
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Kathryn Hennessey is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Hennessey graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hennessey include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hennessey is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anxiety

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Specializes in Family Medicine
30 S Trooper Road
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. James Millard practices family medicine in Norristown, PA and Jeffersonville, PA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Millard at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and allergies. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown for residency. Dr. Millard is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Diabetes

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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.