We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Gold $10 Copay OAHMO near Ephrata, PA.

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Dr. Tipu Faiz Muhammed Muhammad Saleem, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
175 Martin Avenue; Suite 340
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Tipufaiz Saleem specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include diabetes. His professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Curtis Lee Hershey, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1635 W Main Street; Suite 700
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Curtis Hershey's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Hershey's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and sports health. He is affiliated with Lancaster General Health. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Lancaster General Hospital. Dr. Hershey has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Il Jun Chon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
446 N Reading Road; Suite 301
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Il Chon is a general internist. He is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Medical Group, and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. Dr. Chon studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chon takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Joseph J Irwin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Irwin is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Irwin include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Irwin average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Irwin completed his residency training at Lancaster General Hospital. He is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Joseph Gerard Degenhard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Degenhard works as a family medicine physician in Ephrata, PA. His clinical interests include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and holistic approaches. Dr. Degenhard's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Lancaster General Hospital, Dr. Degenhard attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Dr. James Michael Kelly, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1635 W Main Street; Suite 700
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. James Kelly's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Kelly has a special interest in sports health. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Kelly attended East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lancaster General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Lancaster General Health.

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

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Sports Health, Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Mandy Renea Fannin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Mandy Fannin practices family medicine in Ephrata, PA. Dr. Fannin is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Fannin completed a residency program at Lancaster General Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fannin is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Cary L Campanella, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4131 Oregon Pike
Brownstown, PA
 

Dr. Cary Campanella's specialty is family medicine. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. These areas are among Dr. Campanella's clinical interests: diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Dr. Campanella has an open panel.

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Dr. John T Coates, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
101 S 7th Street
Akron, PA
 

Dr. John Coates practices family medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Coates's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coates welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
4221 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Judith Hipple's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Hipple has a special interest in diabetes, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Lancaster General Health. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hipple takes. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hipple completed her residency training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

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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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