We found 36 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near King of Prussia, PA.

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

Dr. Christina Mitchell's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Mitchell's areas of expertise include obesity, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mitchell takes. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Mitchell performed her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. She has received the distinction of 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 practices adult endocrinology in Radnor, PA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Tapino's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tapino takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Traci Tupper, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Tupper attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Tupper trained at Rhode Island Hospital. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Tupper is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She has received the distinction of 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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Dr. Sumon Kumar Agarwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Agarwala is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Agarwala studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.

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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 an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Hamaker attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hamaker accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
550 South Goddard Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA
 

Dr. Craig Alter is a pediatric endocrinologist. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alter takes. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alter has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Growth Problems

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

Dr. Robert Cohen specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Paoli, PA. His areas of expertise include hammer toe, facet injection, and arthritis. Dr. Cohen is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Main Line Health. He trained at Temple University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. Dr. Cohen's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Michelle Smith specializes in family medicine and practices in King of Prussia, PA. Dr. Smith attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 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. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruza include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Bruza attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Bruza has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2011-2016 Top Docs issues. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Andino Guarderas speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Andino Guarderas include diabetes, foot problems, and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. For his residency, Dr. Andino Guarderas trained at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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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' medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Mendis a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, United Healthcare POS, and more. She graduated from the University of Havana School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mendis is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network and Main Line Health. Dr. Mendis is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Clara Tiburcio's specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Tiburcio is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tiburcio include menopause, cryotherapy, and migraine. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Dr. Tiburcio speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Janis Rubin works as a family medicine practitioner in Conshohocken, PA. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Rubin focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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

Dr. George Homa's areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Homa include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Suburban General Hospital. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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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's specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Zhou accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Zhou's professional affiliations include Mercy Suburban Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network.

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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.