We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HMO near Upland, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 W Sproul Road
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 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; 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
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)

Dr. Jay W Hubsher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1001 Baltimore Pike; Suite 109
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Jay Hubsher is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hubsher completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hubsher include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hubsher accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Hubsher is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 Cherry Tree Road
Aston, PA
 

Dr. William Ware works as an internist in Aston, PA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Ware is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has a closed panel. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Specializes in Family Medicine
8 Morton Avenue; Suite 303
Ridley Park, PA
 

Dr. John Traverso works as a family practitioner. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Traverso attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Traverso is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Sports Injuries, Women's Health Issues

Specializes in Family Medicine
176 S New Middletown Road; Suite 100
Media, PA
 

Dr. David Broyles specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include minor surgery and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Broyles accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Broyles's distinctions include: "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine; Philadelphia magazine; and "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Travel Medicine

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 Podiatry
1440 Conchester Highway; Suite 10-c
Boothwyn, PA
 

Dr. Katherine Sydnor practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Her areas of expertise include diabetes and sports health. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Sydnor trained at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia for residency. Dr. Sydnor is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite Acp 532
Chester, PA
 

Mr. John Ashton's specialty is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He takes Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Wounds, Anxiety, Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Geriatrics
100 West Sproul Road; Healthplex Pavilion Ii, Suite 120, Primary Care at The Healthplex P.
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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
8 Morton Avenue; Taylor Hospital Medical Building
Ridley Park, PA
 

Dr. Andrea Saxon practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Saxon is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Saxon is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Glaucoma, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy

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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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