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

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

Dr. Tipufaiz Saleem's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Saleem has a special interest in diabetes. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saleem accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University and performed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Il Chon specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Chon a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Chon include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Chon is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Medical Group, and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hershey include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and sports health. He is affiliated with Lancaster General Health. Dr. Hershey takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Lancaster General Hospital, Dr. Hershey attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Joseph Degenhard is a family medicine practitioner. His areas of expertise include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and holistic approaches. Dr. Degenhard's professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Degenhard is open to new patients. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Lancaster General Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is family medicine. He has a special interest in sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Lancaster General Health. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and a graduate of Lancaster General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Kelly honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Joseph Irwin sees patients in Ephrata, PA. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Irwin's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lancaster General Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Irwin accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Mandy Fannin's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Fannin include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Lancaster General Hospital. She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Cary Campanella practices family medicine in Brownstown, PA. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Campanella's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and cancer screening. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Campanella is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cancer Screening, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Hypertension, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Coates is a family medicine physician in Akron, PA. Dr. Coates's clinical interests include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Coates's professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Judith Holt Hipple, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
4221 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Judith Hipple specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Lancaster, PA and Ephrata, PA. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. She is affiliated with Lancaster General Health. Before performing her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Hipple attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hipple accepts.

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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.