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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 maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. These areas are among Dr. Schwartz's clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and sickle cell disease. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Schwartz is conversant in Hebrew.

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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's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, she performed her residency at Summa Health System. Dr. Durnwald's areas of expertise include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and lupus. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She welcomes 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 is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among his clinical interests: 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). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Parry attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Parry has received professional recognition including the following: 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. He is accepting new patients.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. Her medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Elovitz studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For her residency, Dr. Elovitz trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elovitz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Elovitz include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Srinivas completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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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.