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 works as an adult endocrinologist in Springfield, PA and Glen Mills, PA. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuberi's medical residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. In addition to English, Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

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

Dr. Praveena Gandikota is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She completed her residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Gandikota takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. She has received professional recognition including the following: "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 works as an adult endocrinologist. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then she performed her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Her clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCullen takes. Her professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Syndrome, Tumor, Addison's Disease, Postpartum Thyroiditis, Education, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nazia Shamsuddin's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Shamsuddin attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She 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: 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 physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sehdev include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Sehdev is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Sehdev has received distinctions including 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 is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Darby, PA, Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hubsher include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hubsher honors. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hubsher's office for an appointment.

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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 areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. For his professional training, Dr. Baer completed a residency program at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Baer include hammer toe, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Baer is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell is an ophthalmologist. He has a special interest in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Witherell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today.

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

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

Dr. David Headley is a physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Headley trained at Hahnemann University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Headley include cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services. Dr. Headley is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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

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

Dr. Lauren Plante works as a perinatologist and gynecologist. Her clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), pre-eclampsia, and pregnancy. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Plante is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Her medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2012-2016) and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Plante is affiliated with Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Genetic Counseling, Tests, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Villanueva is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Villanueva has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Villanueva completed his residency training at West Jersey Health System. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

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

Dr. Aley Tohamy's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tohamy accepts. Dr. Tohamy studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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

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

Dr. Anthony Colavita sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sinusitis (sinus infection). Dr. Colavita is professionally affiliated with Jefferson Health and Methodist Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Colavita takes. He is a graduate of the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine.

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All Interests: Ear Infection, Fever, Hoarseness, Hypertension, Influenza, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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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. He practices in Havertown, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. For his professional training, Dr. Wiemer completed a residency program at Florida Hospital. Dr. Wiemer is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Wounds, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes

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

Ms. Kathleen Hill specializes in geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Ms. Hill include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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

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

Dr. Kenneth Heist specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Heist has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

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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.