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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 West Sproul Road; Suite 102
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Lubna Zuberi practices adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu. She has a special interest in thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Her residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Zuberi has received the following distinctions: "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 West Sproul Road; Suite 102
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Praveena Gandikota is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. She has a special interest in thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Her residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Gandikota has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Mary Kate McCullen, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
401 E. City Avenue; Suite 525
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Mary Kate McCullen is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCullen include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. She studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Her residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Syndrome, Tumor, Postpartum Thyroiditis, Education, Hyperthyroidism, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 West Sproul Road; Suite 102
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Nazia Shamsuddin's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shamsuddin is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Harish Mohan Sehdev, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
801 Spruce Street; Spruce Building 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harish Sehdev is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include the following: high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sehdev honors. Dr. Sehdev's distinctions include: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Miscarriage, Blood ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay William Hubsher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1501 Lansdowne Avenue; Suite 201
Darby, PA
 

Dr. Jay Hubsher, who practices in Darby, PA, Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hubsher honors. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Hubsher attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Glomerular Diseases, Ultrasound, Kidney Stones, Edema, Hypertension, Renal Artery Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Marc Daniel Baer
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
600 Haverford Road; Suite G 103
Haverford, PA
 

Dr. Marc Baer's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Haverford, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Paoli, PA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Baer's clinical interests include hammer toe, achilles tendonitis, and bunions. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Baer welcomes new patients. He trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Plantar Fasciitis, Wounds, Hammer Toe, Fractures, Strains, Heel Problems, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Gardys Van Den Berg-Wolf, MD
Specializes in Acupuncture, General Internal Medicine
225 E City Avenue; Suite 109
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Mary Vandenberg-Wolf is a Bala Cynwyd, PA physician who specializes in acupuncture and general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and influenza (flu). She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf's medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf include: Regional Top Doctor, Castle-Connelly 2015,2014,2013; Clinical Practice Award American College of Physicians, PA Chapter; and Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians. She is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Influenza, Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Deep Vein ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell works as an ophthalmologist in Upland, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Media, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Witherell include diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Witherell accepts. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. Dr. Witherell is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, LASIK, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
501 N Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. David Headley practices adult hospital medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Headley include cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Headley attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Incontinence, Cellulitis, Electrolyte Disorders, Conjunctivitis, Erectile ... (Read more)

Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Gynecology
1113 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Lauren Plante is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and gynecologist in Philadelphia, PA and Bala Cynwyd, PA. Her professional affiliations include Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Plante completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2012-2016) and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia, Pregnancy, Genetic Counseling, Tests, Hypertension

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
30 Lawrence Road; Suite 700
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Aley Tohamy's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tohamy is a graduate of Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tohamy trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Tohamy is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Colectomy, Hypertension, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Diabetes, Obesity, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Edward Villanueva specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Villanueva's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. He is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. Dr. Villanueva accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at West Jersey Health System. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
850 West Chester Pike; Suite 301
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Robby Wiemer specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Havertown, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. Dr. Wiemer is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Wiemer's residency was performed at Florida Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Wounds, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes

Dr. Anthony Colavita, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
6334 Elmwood Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Anthony Colavita specializes in general practice and family medicine and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Colavita graduated from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Colavita include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), diabetes, and sinusitis (sinus infection). He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Jefferson Health and Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Ear Infection, Fever, Hoarseness, Hypertension, Influenza, Diabetes, Sinusitis, Sexually ... (Read more)

Specializes in Geriatrics
100 W Sproul Road; Suite 120
Springfield, PA
 

Ms. Kathleen Hill is a geriatrician in Springfield, PA. Ms. Hill has a special interest in obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol

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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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