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
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Agarwala average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Agarwala include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Agarwala graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Hamaker attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. She is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Hamaker is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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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. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou is affiliated with Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 works as a family practitioner. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Hennessey's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Hennessey attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anxiety

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

Dr. Bernard Novabilski works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Novabilski include diabetes, foot problems, and arthritis. Dr. Novabilski accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. For his residency, Dr. Novabilski trained at Frankford Hospital. Dr. Novabilski (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally 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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Specializes in Family Medicine
30 S Trooper Road
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. James Millard works as a family practitioner. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and allergies. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Millard obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.