We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay OAHMO near Danville, PA.

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Dr. Rishita Purushottam Tiwari, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
100 N Academy Avenue; Department of Pediatric Endocrinology
Danville, PA
 

Dr. Rishita Tiwari is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Tiwari is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tiwari accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Mumbai and Topiwala National Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. She is affiliated with Geisinger.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Ralph H Starkey, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 N Academy Avenue
Danville, PA
 

Dr. Ralph Starkey specializes in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and thyroid problems. Dr. Starkey's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Starkey is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Dr. John W Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 N Academy Avenue
Danville, PA
 

Dr. John Kennedy is an adult endocrinology specialist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and hashimoto's thyroiditis. Dr. Kennedy is affiliated with Geisinger. Dr. Kennedy honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Michael Joseph Paglia, MD, PhD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
100 N Academy Avenue
Danville, PA
 

Dr. Michael Paglia's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and prenatal ultrasound. Dr. Paglia takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Dr. Paglia is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Ultrasound, High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Jay Joseph Bringman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
100 N Academy Avenue
Danville, PA
 

Dr. Jay Bringman is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He works in Danville, PA, Camp Hill, PA, and Lewisburg, PA. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Bringman's clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), down syndrome, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Geisinger. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Bringman is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston's residency program.

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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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