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We found 20 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Havertown, PA.

Dr. Stanley Steven Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
233 E Lancaster Avenue; Suite 305
Ardmore, PA
 

Dr. Stanley Schwartz specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Ardmore, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schwartz include diabetes, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Schwartz's distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Top Doc; and Phiadelphia Magazine- many years, including picture and new. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Syndrome, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes

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

Dr. Lubna Zuberi practices adult endocrinology. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Zuberi trained 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

Dr. Margaret Ting Ryan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 360
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Margaret Ryan specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Ryan average 2.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in thyroid problems, parathyroid disease, and hypercalcemia. Dr. Ryan is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Ryan's residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Hypercalcemia, Parathyroid Disease

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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's areas of expertise include thyroid problems. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Her medical residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Gandikota has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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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 an endocrinologist. Her areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. Dr. McCullen is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. She honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Dina E Green, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob South, Suite 222
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Dina Green works as an adult endocrinologist in Broomall, PA and Wynnewood, PA. Dr. Green's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Green welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Nazia Shamsuddin practices adult endocrinology. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 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's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sehdev include high risk pregnancy, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and heart problems. Dr. Sehdev's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. 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. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sehdev's distinctions include: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Blood Tests, Sickle Cell Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
2 Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Witherell is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Witherell's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. John C Munshower, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
3855 W Chester Pike; Suite 300
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. John Munshower's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Newtown Square, PA and Media, PA. These areas are among Dr. Munshower's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Munshower has received the distinction of TOP DOCTOR - Philadelphia Magazine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Chronic Illness, High Cholesterol

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

Dr. David Headley's specialty is adult hospital medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Headley's clinical interests: cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Headley is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. He 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 General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
30 Lawrence Road; Suite 700
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Aley Tohamy is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Tohamy graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Lauren Plante sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Bala Cynwyd, PA. Her medical specialties are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Plante completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Plante include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), pre-eclampsia, and pregnancy. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Plante's distinctions include: Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2012-2016) and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include 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's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Villanueva's professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. His training includes a residency program at West Jersey Health System. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Villanueva is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Wiemer trained at Florida Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Wounds, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes

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

Dr. Kenneth Heist's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Heist attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Patients rated Dr. Heist highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heist 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

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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.