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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Highmark near West Chester, PA.

Dr. Nadav Lipa Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Nadav Schwartz is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). His areas of expertise include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and sickle cell disease. Dr. Schwartz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Schwartz is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Celeste Patricia Durnwald, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Celeste Durnwald practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Durnwald is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and a graduate of Summa Health System's residency program. Dr. Durnwald takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Samuel Isaiah Parry, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Samuel Parry works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parry include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Parry is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Parry include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue in 2006, and 2008 - 2016.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Michal A Elovitz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Michal Elovitz practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Elovitz include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elovitz accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Sindhu Kikkeri Srinivas, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas' specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Clinical interests for Dr. Srinivas include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Srinivas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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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.