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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 West Sproul Road; Suite 102
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Lubna Zuberi specializes in adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. Dr. Zuberi is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. Dr. Zuberi has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 West Sproul Road; Suite 102
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Nazia Shamsuddin specializes in adult endocrinology. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamsuddin takes. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
One Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 424
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Praveena Gandikota sees patients in Glen Mills, PA, Springfield, PA, and Upland, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota has a special interest in thyroid problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Her residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. In addition to English, Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Gandikota is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
101 N. Monroe Street
Media, PA
 

Dr. Nicholas Romansky practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine), foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Media, PA, Phoenixville, PA, and Havertown, PA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. For his professional training, Dr. Romansky completed a residency program at Riverside Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Romansky (or staff) speaks Spanish and Polish. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Ankle Reconstruction, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Injuries

Renuka H Verma
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
30 Medical Center Boulevard; Po Box, Suite 401
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Renuka Verma is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Media, PA, Upland, PA, and Glen Mills, PA. Her training includes a residency program at Girard Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Verma include warts, hammer toe, and athlete's foot. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verma accepts. She has received the distinction of "Top Doctors" in Podiatry, Main Line Today. Dr. Verma (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. Dr. Verma is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Athlete's Foot, Plantar Fasciitis, Wounds, Hammer Toe, Toenail Fungus, Fractures, Strains, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
30 Medical Center Boulevard; Ccmc Pob 1 - Suite 104
Upland, PA
 

Dr. John Witherell sees patients in Upland, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Media, PA. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing his residency at Wills Eye Institute, Dr. Witherell attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. Dr. Witherell is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, LASIK, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1 Bartol Avenue; Jones Medical Building, Suite 103
Ridley Park, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Darnall specializes in adult infectious disease. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Darnall's residency was performed at Pennsylvania Hospital. His clinical interests include diabetes, fibromyalgia, and lyme disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Darnall average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Darnall has received the distinction of Main Line Today Top Doc Award. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lyme Disease

Dr. Sat P Arora, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
30 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 303
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Sat Arora specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Hindi. His clinical interests include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Arora's professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Dr. Arora takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Arora has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Nephrology, Main Line Today. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Renal Artery Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Julia Bye Siegerman
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
648 Childs Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. Julia Siegerman specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Drexel Hill, PA, West Chester, PA, and Havertown, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Siegerman include diabetes, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot surgery. Her professional affiliations include Chester County Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Siegerman trained at Parkview Hospital for her residency. She has received the following distinction: "Top Doctors" in Podiatry, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Tendon Repair, Wounds, Hammer Toe, Ingrown Nails, Heel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2501 Garrett Road
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. Edward Villanueva practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Drexel Hill, PA and Havertown, PA. In his practice, Dr. Villanueva focuses on diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Villanueva is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at West Jersey Health System for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Villanueva is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5030 State Road
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. Brian Friedrich is an internist in Drexel Hill, PA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and heart problems. Dr. Friedrich is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Friedrich is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Springfield Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Docs" in Family Practice, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
723 Saxer Avenue
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Laura Sproat's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), contraception (birth control), and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Sproat accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Sproat attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Contraception

Dr. Barbara Ann Hannaway, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1991 Sproul Road; Suite 600
Broomall, PA
 

Dr. Barbara Hannaway is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Hannaway's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She trained at Wilmington Hospital for residency. Dr. Hannaway (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. Her professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Hannaway is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, Alzheimer's Disease

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
One Medical Center Boulevard; Physicians Office Building Ii, Suite 326
Upland, PA
 

Dr. Aley Tohamy is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Tohamy is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Colectomy, Hypertension, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Diabetes, Obesity, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
100 W. Sproul Road; Healthplex Pavilion Ii, Suite 100
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Kenneth Heist is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Patient reviews placed Dr. Heist at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

Specializes in Geriatrics
100 W Sproul Road; Suite 120
Springfield, PA
 

Ms. Kathleen Hill specializes in geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Ms. Hill include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Ms. Hill is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol

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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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