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 is an adult endocrinologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), metabolic bone disease, and thyroid cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Burns completed her residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Burns has received professional recognition including the following: 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'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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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'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. Shakira J Grant, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Shakira Grant's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After completing medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, she performed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Grant's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and alzheimer's disease. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart. Dr. Grant is affiliated with 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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