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We found 18 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 specializes in adult endocrinology. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Zuberi has received include "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) is conversant in 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, who practices in Glen Mills, PA, Springfield, PA, and Upland, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota has indicated that her clinical interests include thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Gandikota trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for her residency. She has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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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, who practices in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCullen include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pituitary tumor, and metabolic syndrome. Her professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. She honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. McCullen graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 is an adult endocrinologist. In addition to English, Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Shamsuddin attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamsuddin accepts.

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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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Sehdev's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and heart problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 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: Blood Tests, Sickle Cell Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jay Hubsher's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hubsher include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Hubsher accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hubsher's training includes residency programs at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Glomerular Diseases, Ultrasound, Kidney Stones, Edema, Hypertension, Renal Artery Stenosis, ... (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). He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Witherell completed his residency training at Wills Eye Institute. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. Dr. Witherell is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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 average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of hammer toe, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Dr. Baer accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Baer completed a residency program at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Baer is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. David Headley specializes in adult hospital medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). Patients gave Dr. Headley an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services, as well as other insurance carriers. 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)

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

Dr. Aley Tohamy specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Tohamy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), pre-eclampsia, and pregnancy. Dr. Plante is professionally affiliated with Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Plante has received distinctions including Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2012-2016) and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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 practices in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. Dr. Villanueva is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. For his professional training, Dr. Villanueva completed a residency program at West Jersey Health System. On average, patients gave Dr. Villanueva a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

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

Dr. Anthony Colavita works as a general practitioner and family medicine practitioner. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sinusitis (sinus infection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Jefferson Health and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Colavita graduated from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Colavita takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiemer include diabetes. Dr. Wiemer is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His residency was performed at Florida Hospital. He 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 Ophthalmology
2010 West Chester Pike; Mob Wellness Center Ii, Suite 212
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Heist is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Heist is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Dr. Heist's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Heist's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

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

Ms. Kathleen Hill practices geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Ms. Hill is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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.