We found 17 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Havertown, PA.

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

Dr. Lubna Zuberi practices adult endocrinology. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zuberi include thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Her residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Zuberi has received professional recognition including the following: "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. Nazia Shamsuddin, who practices in Springfield, PA and Glen Mills, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. She is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Shamsuddin completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Shamsuddin is professionally 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 a specialist in adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests encompass thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Gandikota 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 works as an ophthalmologist in Upland, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Media, PA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. 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. Dr. Witherell studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Wills Eye Institute for his residency. 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

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; he sees patients in Haverford, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Paoli, PA. His areas of clinical interest consist of hammer toe, achilles tendonitis, and bunions. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Baer's residency was performed at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Baer an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Harish Sehdev is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among his clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Sehdev is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Princeton HealthCare System. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sehdev completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sehdev takes. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sehdev has received 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: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Miscarriage, Blood ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
401 E City Line Avenue; Suite 525
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Debbie Schiller is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Paoli, PA. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Schiller include radioembolization (selective internal radiation therapy), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Main Line Health. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Schiller is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Schiller trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has received the following distinction: Komarov Prize in Gastroenterology Clinical Research.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Radioembolization, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, MRI, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jay Hubsher works as an adult nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hubsher include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Hubsher attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. His practice 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)

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. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Villanueva honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Villanueva trained at West Jersey Health System for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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

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 specializes in acupuncture and general internal medicine. Clinical interests 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 United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Vandenberg-Wolf's distinctions 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.

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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 practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Havertown, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His residency was performed at Florida Hospital.

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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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Tohamy graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tohamy completed residency programs at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks 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 Adult Hospital Medicine
501 N Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. David Headley's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Headley's areas of expertise include the following: cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Headley takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services. 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 Ophthalmology
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Heist is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Heist is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise 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 accepts. Dr. Heist attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Heist trained at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

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

Dr. Dolores Tornambe practices family medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Tornambe's education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2245 Garrett Road
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. Peter King practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. His residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Infections

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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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