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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
190 W Sproul Road
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Lubna Zuberi's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zuberi include thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Zuberi's residency was performed at McLaren Regional Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. She has received distinctions including "Top Docs" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today; "Top Doctors" in Endocrinology; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Zuberi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Zuberi is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Shamsuddin attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. 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 Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

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

Dr. Praveena Gandikota is an adult endocrinology specialist. Her clinical interests encompass thyroid problems. Dr. Gandikota is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. For her residency, Dr. Gandikota trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Endocrinology, Main Line Today. In addition to English, Dr. Gandikota (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is professionally 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's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Witherell include diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Dr. Witherell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctor" in Ophthalmology, Main Line Today. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Sat Arora's area of specialization is adult nephrology. After completing medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Dr. Arora's areas of expertise include the following: renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Nephrology, Main Line Today. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. 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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Darnall is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Ridley Park, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Darnall include diabetes, fibromyalgia, and lyme disease. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Darnall honors 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. Dr. Darnall has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Jay W Hubsher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1001 Baltimore Pike; Suite 109
Springfield, PA
 

Dr. Jay Hubsher works as a nephrologist. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, renal artery stenosis, and kidney stones. Dr. Hubsher's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Hubsher is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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 is an Aston, PA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His professional affiliations include Riddle Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Ware's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ware is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 practices family medicine in Ridley Park, PA. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Traverso attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Traverso is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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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' specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise consist of minor surgery and preventive care. Dr. Broyles is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Broyles's education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Crozer-Keystone Health System. He has received the following distinctions: "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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Glen Mills, PA, Broomall, PA, and Drexel Hill, PA. Dr. Tohamy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Tohamy's clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tohamy trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Graduate Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tohamy honors.

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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 works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Heist's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Heist include diabetes, cornea problems, and cataracts. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heist honors. 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. He is 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's specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Her areas of expertise include diabetes and sports health. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sydnor takes. For her professional training, Dr. Sydnor completed a residency program at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia. She is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

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). Her areas of expertise include obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. She is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. Ms. Hill is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Ridley Park, PA. In her practice, Dr. Saxon focuses on diabetes, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Saxon is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Mr. John Ashton's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System. He honors 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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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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