We found 36 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mitchell include obesity, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Mitchell completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitchell has received the following distinction: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue.

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

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

Dr. Erika Tapino works as an endocrinologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tapino include diabetes. Dr. Tapino takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Traci Tupper specializes in adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Tupper include adrenal tumor, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Tupper's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Tupper trained at Rhode Island Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sumon Agarwala works as an adult endocrinologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Agarwala is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Patient ratings for Dr. Agarwala average 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agarwala accepts.

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

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

Dr. Lisa Hamaker is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Hamaker has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Hamaker is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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

Dr. Craig Alter specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Alter studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Growth Problems

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

Dr. Robert Cohen practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Cohen's clinical interests: hammer toe, facet injection, and arthritis. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Main Line Health. Dr. Cohen accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. For his professional training, Dr. Cohen completed residency programs at Temple University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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

Dr. Michelle Smith practices family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith is especially interested in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She is closed to new patients at this time. Before completing her residency at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Dr. Smith attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. John Bruza's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Bruza completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruza has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2011-2016 Top Docs issues.

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

Dr. J. Federico Andino Guarderas' area of specialization is family medicine. His training includes a residency program at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. His areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and preventive care. Dr. Andino Guarderas is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Andino Guarderas is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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

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

Dr. Chandira Mendis works as a family practice physician in East Norriton, PA. Dr. Mendis's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mendis takes. She studied medicine at the University of Havana School of Medicine. Dr. Mendis's residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Main Line Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mendis's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Clara Catherine Tiburcio, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
100 Market Street; Suite 300
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Clara Tiburcio's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Tiburcio include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tiburcio honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Tiburcio completed a residency program at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Dr. Janis W Rubin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Janis Rubin is a Conshohocken, PA physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Rubin is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Rubin's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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

Dr. George Homa is a Bridgeport, PA physician who specializes in general practice and family medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Homa is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Suburban General Hospital. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Tianming Zhou, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2701 Dekalb Pike
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. Tianming Zhou works as a family practice physician. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. His areas of expertise include diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Dr. Joanna Stefania Kusmirek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Joanna Kusmirek's area of specialization is family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and osteoporosis. Dr. Kusmirek is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Medical University of Warsaw and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Kusmirek (or staff) speaks the following languages: Polish and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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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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