We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicaid near West Chester, PA.

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Jeffrey S. Fendrick, MD
Specializes in Home Health, General Pediatrics
440 East Marshall Street; 3rd Floor North, Suite 300
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Fendrick practices home health and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fendrick is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). His clinical interests include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Parry is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Parry has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue in 2006, and 2008 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Srinivas's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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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 specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Schwartz include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Schwartz attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at North Shore University Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks 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. Michal A Elovitz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Michal Elovitz's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her areas of expertise include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). On average, patients gave Dr. Elovitz a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Elovitz is a graduate of 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 distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

Dr. Celeste Durnwald is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durnwald include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Durnwald accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Summa Health System. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Durnwald is accepting new patients.

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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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