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

Dr. Lubna Zuberi specializes in adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. Dr. Zuberi is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. Dr. Zuberi has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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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 practices adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCullen include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. Dr. McCullen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. She accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McCullen is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program.

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamsuddin takes. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. 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

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

Dr. Praveena Gandikota sees patients in Glen Mills, PA, Springfield, PA, and Upland, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota has a special interest in thyroid problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Her residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. In addition to English, Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Gandikota is 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 sees patients in Upland, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Media, PA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing his residency at Wills Eye Institute, Dr. Witherell attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. Dr. Witherell 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). He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Sehdev include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Sehdev 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)

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

Dr. David Headley's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Headley's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. Dr. Headley's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. 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)

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

Dr. Marc Baer works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Haverford, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Paoli, PA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of hammer toe, achilles tendonitis, and bunions. Dr. Baer is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Baer completed a residency program at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Edward Villanueva practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. In his practice, Dr. Villanueva focuses on diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Villanueva is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at West Jersey Health System for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Villanueva 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. Jay W Hubsher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1501 Lansdowne Avenue; Suite 201
Darby, PA
 

Dr. Jay Hubsher is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hubsher completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center. 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 accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Hubsher is open to 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's areas of specialization are acupuncture and general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and influenza (flu). Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: 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 is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wiemer's training includes a residency program at Florida Hospital. Dr. Wiemer's professional 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 General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
30 Lawrence Road; Suite 700
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Aley Tohamy is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Tohamy is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He 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 Ophthalmology
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Heist is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Patient reviews placed Dr. Heist at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is professionally 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). Areas of expertise for Ms. Hill include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Ms. Hill is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Dolores Tornambe specializes in family medicine. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tornambe performed her residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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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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