We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Radnor, PA.

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

Dr. Carrie Burns, who practices in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Burns's clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), thyroid cancer, and type 2 diabetes. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Burns has received the distinction of 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)

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Mitchell is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Mitchell attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. 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).

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Radnor, PA. Dr. Tapino's clinical interests encompass diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tapino attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency.

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

Dr. Traci Tupper is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She obtained her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: adrenal tumor, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Tupper is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. Dr. Tupper's 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. John Michael Bruza, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. John Bruza is a general internist and geriatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Bruza's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bruza is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2011-2016 Top Docs issues.

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Dr. Shakira J Grant, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Shakira Grant is a general internist and geriatrician. She is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and alzheimer's disease. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart. After completing medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Grant performed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Urinary Incontinence, Hypertension, 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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