We found 18 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Leap Diabetes near Havertown, PA.

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

Dr. Lubna Zuberi's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zuberi include thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Zuberi's residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. She has received distinctions including "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Zuberi is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

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. Dr. McCullen's areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. She accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. McCullen attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Dr. McCullen is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Shamsuddin attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) is conversant in 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 Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

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

Dr. Praveena Gandikota is an adult endocrinology specialist. Her clinical interests encompass thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. For her residency, Dr. Gandikota trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. In addition to English, Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Witherell include diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Dr. Witherell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Harish Sehdev's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Sehdev's areas of expertise include the following: high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sehdev has received the following distinctions: 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)

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

Dr. Marc Baer is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Haverford, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Paoli, PA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: hammer toe, achilles tendonitis, and bunions. Dr. Baer takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Baer has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Jay Hubsher works as a nephrologist. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Dr. Hubsher's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Hubsher is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Mary Vandenberg-Wolf practices acupuncture and general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and influenza (flu). She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf's residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Robby Wiemer's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Wiemer trained at Florida Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Wounds, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes

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

Dr. David Headley specializes in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Headley is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Headley include cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, Devon Health Services, and more. Dr. Headley 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 General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
30 Lawrence Road; Suite 700
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Aley Tohamy specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Tohamy's clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tohamy trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tohamy honors.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Heist works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Heist's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Heist include diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heist honors. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

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

Ms. Kathleen Hill specializes in geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Ms. Hill is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Edward Villanueva's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. He is especially interested in diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Villanueva is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He completed his residency training at West Jersey Health System. Dr. Villanueva speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

Dr. Dolores Regina Tornambe, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1991 Sproul Road; Suite 175
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Dolores Tornambe is a physician who specializes in family medicine. In her practice, Dr. Tornambe focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, 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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