We found 39 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near King of Prussia, PA.

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Dr. Christina M Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Christina Mitchell is an adult endocrinologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Mitchell is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. She has received the distinction of Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. Dr. Mitchell is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Erika Tapino is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tapino attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Tapino focuses on diabetes. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Traci L Wojtkowski, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Traci Tupper works as an endocrinologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include adrenal tumor, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Tupper accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tupper include: Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue and Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

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Dr. Lisa L Hamaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hamaker is a specialist in adult endocrinology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Hamaker a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Hamaker attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Craig A Alter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
550 South Goddard Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA
 

Dr. Craig Alter practices pediatric endocrinology. His areas of clinical interest consist of type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alter accepts. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Alter performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

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Dr. Sumon Agarwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
633 W Germantown Pike; Suite 105
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Agarwala studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agarwala include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Agarwala is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Agarwala is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
250 W Lancaster Avenue; Suite 220
Paoli, PA
 

Dr. Robert Cohen's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Philadelphia, PA and Paoli, PA. Dr. Cohen's areas of expertise include the following: hammer toe, facet injection, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Main Line Health. His residency was performed at Temple University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen is open to new patients.

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Dr. Chandira Krisha Ariyawansa, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4 West Township Line Road
East Norriton, PA
 

Dr. Chandira Mendis is a family medicine physician in East Norriton, PA. Dr. Mendis's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Main Line Health. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mendis takes. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of the University of Havana School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mendis speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15 Industrial Boulevard; Suite 202
Paoli, 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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All Interests: Radioembolization, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, MRI, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Ann Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
625 Clark Avenue
King of Prussia, PA
 

Dr. Michelle Smith practices family medicine. Dr. Smith studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. She trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Smith is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Monisha Mandalaywala Vora, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1330 Powell Street
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Monisha Vora is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Philadelphia, PA, Norristown, PA, and Jenkintown, PA. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She trained at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for residency. These areas are among Dr. Vora's clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vora is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vora (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Gujarati. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Abington Health. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Laser Surgery, Diabetes

Dr. John Michael Bruza, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. John Bruza specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruza include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Bruza performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bruza honors. Dr. Bruza has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2011-2017.

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Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
700 Dekalb Street
Bridgeport, PA
 

Dr. George Homa works as a general practitioner and family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Homa include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Before performing his residency at Suburban General Hospital, Dr. Homa attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Homa accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Jose Federico F Andino Guarderas, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1330 Powell Street
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. J. Federico Andino Guarderas practices family medicine in Norristown, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Andino Guarderas include diabetes, foot problems, and preventive care. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andino Guarderas takes. He trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Andino Guarderas is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Foot Problems, Preventive Care, Weight Management

Dr. Joseph A Calamia, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1437 Dekalb Street; Suite 201
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Calamia works as a family medicine practitioner in Norristown, PA. Dr. Calamia's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and migraine. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Calamia takes. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Calamia completed his residency training at Suburban General Hospital.

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Dr. Kevin R Melnick, BA, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1437 Dekalb Street; Suite 201
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Kevin Melnick's medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, migraine, and heart problems. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Melnick takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Suburban General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Migraine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease

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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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