We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Gettysburg, PA.

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Dr. Brian E Michael, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
40 V - Twin Drive
Gettysburg, PA
 

Dr. Brian Michael is an adult endocrinology specialist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Clinical interests for Dr. Michael include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Michael is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Abroo T Mahmood, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
40 V Twin Drive; Suite 204
Gettysburg, PA
 

Dr. Abroo Nawaz's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Nawaz graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women. Dr. Nawaz's residency was performed at Forest Park Hospital. Dr. Nawaz (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Nallapati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
147 Gettys Street
Gettysburg, PA
 

Dr. Rajesh Nallapati is an internist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, second opinions, and skin surgery. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at York Hospital, Dr. Nallapati attended NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College for medical school. Dr. Nallapati (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Nallapati is affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group and WellSpan York Hospital.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Soft Tissue Injections, HIV/AIDS, Skin Surgery, General Care

Specializes in Family Medicine
423 S Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA
 

Ms. Kathy Miller specializes in family medicine and practices in Gettysburg, PA. Areas of expertise for Ms. Miller include diabetes and weight loss. She is affiliated with WellSpan Medical Group. Ms. Miller is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Weight Loss, 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.
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