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We found 15 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 practices adult endocrinology. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Zuberi trained 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 sees patients in Glen Mills, PA, Springfield, PA, and Upland, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Gandikota's areas of expertise include thyroid problems. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Her medical residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Gandikota has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. Dr. Gandikota (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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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 practices adult endocrinology. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shamsuddin (or staff) is conversant in 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

Dr. Jeffrey Thomas Darnall, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1 Bartol Avenue; Suite 103
Ridley Park, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Darnall is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, fibromyalgia, and lyme disease. Dr. Darnall is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Darnall is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Darnall attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Main Line Today Top Doc Award.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ware at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Witherell is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Witherell's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Wills Eye Institute. He has received the distinction of "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. John C Munshower, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
176 S New Middletown Road
Media, PA
 

Dr. John Munshower's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Newtown Square, PA and Media, PA. These areas are among Dr. Munshower's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Munshower has received the distinction of TOP DOCTOR - Philadelphia Magazine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Chronic Illness, High Cholesterol

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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 is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Tohamy graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. John Traverso works as a family medicine physician in Ridley Park, PA. On average, patients gave Dr. Traverso a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Kenneth Heist's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Heist attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Patients rated Dr. Heist highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heist 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

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

Dr. Andrea Saxon is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). She is especially interested in diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Saxon is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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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 is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and sports health. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Sydnor trained at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia. Dr. Sydnor is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

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

Dr. David Broyles' area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise consist of minor surgery and preventive care. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Broyles completed his residency training at Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Broyles has received the following distinctions: "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine; Philadelphia magazine; and "Top Doctors" in Family Medicine, Main Line Today. He is professionally 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 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) and practices in Springfield, PA. Her clinical interests encompass obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Ms. Hill accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally 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 an internist in Chester, PA and Upland, PA. He is in-network for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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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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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.