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We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Leap Everyday Plus near Paoli, PA.

Dr. Carrie Marie Burns, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Carrie Burns' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Burns include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), metabolic bone disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Burns is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Bone Density Test, Burns, Hyperparathyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Erika Tapino practices adult endocrinology in Radnor, PA. Dr. Tapino's clinical interests encompass diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tupper is especially interested in diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Tupper is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Tupper attended Temple University School of Medicine.

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

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

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

Dr. Craig Alter is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Alter graduated from Harvard Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Philadelphia, PA and Paoli, PA. Dr. Cohen trained at Temple University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. His clinical interests include hammer toe, facet injection, and arthritis. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cohen is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Main Line Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Ear Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendonitis, Hammer Toe, Toenail Fungus, Fractures, Strains, Facet ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
255 West Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, 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 General Internal Medicine
860 1st Avenue; Suite 4b
King of Prussia, PA
 

Dr. Frederic Becker's specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Becker attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Becker is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

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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.