We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept HealthSpring near Dallastown, PA.

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Dr. Aruna Chelliah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
292 St. Charles Way
York, PA
 

Dr. Aruna Chelliah sees patients in York, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chelliah include pituitary disorders, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chelliah is a graduate of Madurai Medical College and a graduate of Interfaith Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Chelliah is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. Her professional affiliations include WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Medical Group, and WellSpan York Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Alpa Pravinbhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
292 St. Charles Way
York, PA
 

Dr. Alpa Patel is an adult endocrinologist. Her areas of expertise include pituitary disorders, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Her professional affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of California and St. Louis University School of Medicine and a graduate of Penn State Hershey Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Patel's patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Chalak Najat Muhammad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
292 St. Charles Way
York, PA
 

Dr. Chalak Muhammad is a family medicine physician. His areas of expertise include diabetes. Dr. Muhammad accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Muhammad trained at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Best Academic Achievement as a Resident of Family Medicine, Ghent Family Medicine Residency. His professional affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. Dr. Muhammad's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert John Pizziketti, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1034 Plymouth Road
York, PA
 

Dr. Robert Pizziketti practices family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, menopause, and minor surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pizziketti average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pizziketti honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pizziketti studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan York Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Allergies, Hypertension, Weight Loss, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, General Care, Skin Lesions

Dr. Cynthia Mae Cohen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3065 Windsor Road
Red Lion, PA
 

Dr. Cynthia Owen is a Red Lion, PA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at York Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Owen include diabetes, depression, and minor surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Owen honors. Dr. Owen's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Paul Goshtasb Varahrami, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
605 S. George Street
York, PA
 

Dr. Paul Varahrami specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Varahrami (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. In his practice, Dr. Varahrami focuses on diabetes, skin issues, and travel medicine. Dr. Varahrami's professional affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. Before performing his residency at LeHigh Valley Hospital Network, Dr. Varahrami attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Skin Issues, Travel Medicine

Dr. Dipak M Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3065 Windsor Road
Red Lion, PA
 

Dr. Dipak Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, General Care

Dr. Rocco R Arcieri II, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1010 Blymire Road
Dallastown, PA
 

Dr. Rocco Arcieri practices family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Arcieri include menopause, colposcopy, and thyroid problems. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Capital BlueCross, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Arcieri completed his residency training at York Hospital. He is affiliated with WellSpan York Hospital.

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Dr. Jorge Ulises Rubi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2350 Freedom Way; Suite 150 Entrance B
York, PA
 

Dr. Jorge Rubi specializes in general internal medicine and practices in York, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubi include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubi is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at York Hospital for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rubi's professional affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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Dr. Andrew Todd Winand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3065 Windsor Road
Red Lion, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Winand's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Winand include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winand honors. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Robert Boyd Morrison Lackey, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
755 S Pleasant Avenue
Dallastown, PA
 

Dr. Robert Lackey practices family medicine. His areas of expertise include menopause, minor surgery, and general care. Dr. Lackey is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at York Hospital for residency. Dr. Lackey is affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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Dr. Peter Michael Barclay, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
25 Monument Road; Suite 200
York, PA
 

Dr. Peter Barclay sees patients in York, PA. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barclay include diabetes, second opinions, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Barclay takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. Dr. Barclay is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Hospital Care, Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Lakshmi Sakuntala Pasumarthy, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
370 St. Charles Way
York, PA
 

Dr. Lakshmi Pasumarthy is a York, PA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Pasumarthy include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Pasumarthy is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. After attending Osmania Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at York Hospital. Dr. Pasumarthy takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Steven M Krieger, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3065 Windsor Road
Red Lion, PA
 

Dr. Steven Krieger's specialty is general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Krieger focuses on diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Krieger's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Krieger is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Geisinger Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Mokarroma Sharmin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
755 S Pleasant Avenue
Dallastown, PA
 

Dr. Mokarroma Sharmin's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Sharmin include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She trained at Wyoming Valley Health Care System for residency. Dr. Sharmin (or staff) speaks Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. She is affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Douglass Scott McCracken, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
605 S. George Street
York, PA
 

Dr. Douglas McCracken practices family medicine in York, PA. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. McCracken's professional affiliations include WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital. After completing medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at York Hospital. Dr. McCracken accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care

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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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