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

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 W Sproul Road
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Lubna Zuberi works as an adult endocrinologist in Springfield, PA and Glen Mills, PA. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuberi's medical residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. In addition to English, Dr. Zuberi (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

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

Dr. Praveena Gandikota is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She completed her residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Gandikota takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. She has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Nazia Shamsuddin's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Shamsuddin attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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

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

Dr. Sat Arora is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Arora include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Arora is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Nephrology, Main Line Today. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Jay Hubsher is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Darby, PA, Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. 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 honors. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hubsher's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Darnall, who practices in Ridley Park, PA, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, fibromyalgia, and lyme disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Darnall is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Darnall takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Pennsylvania Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Main Line Today Top Doc Award. Dr. Darnall is 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

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

Dr. William Ware is a general internist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ware's hospital/clinic affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Ware is not currently accepting new patients. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

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

Dr. John Witherell is an ophthalmologist. He has a special interest in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Witherell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Aley Tohamy's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tohamy include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tohamy accepts. Dr. Tohamy studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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

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

Dr. Andrea Saxon is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Saxon has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Her education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Saxon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Katherine H Sydnor
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1440 Conchester Highway; Suite 10-c
Boothwyn, PA
 

Dr. Katherine Sydnor practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sydnor include diabetes and sports health. Dr. Sydnor is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. For her residency, Dr. Sydnor trained at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

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

Dr. John Traverso's area of specialization is family medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Traverso trained at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency. Dr. Traverso's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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). Clinical interests for Ms. Hill include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite Acp 532
Chester, PA
 

Mr. John Ashton works as a general internist. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He takes Aetna, Aetna Bronze, Aetna HSA, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. David Broyles specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Broyles include minor surgery and preventive care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Crozer-Keystone Health System. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine; Philadelphia magazine; and "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine, Main Line Today. Dr. Broyles is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Kenneth Heist specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Heist has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Cataracts, Diabetes, Cornea Problems

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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.