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We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA Plans near South Burlington, VT.

Dr. Muriel Helene Nathan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3 Timber Lane
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Muriel Nathan is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Burlington, VT and South Burlington, VT. In her practice, Dr. Nathan focuses on diabetes and thyroid cancer. She honors several insurance carriers, including POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Nathan is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. John Lewis Leahy, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
62 Tilley Drive; Suite 202
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. John Leahy sees patients in Burlington, VT, Colchester, VT, and South Burlington, VT. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is an in-network provider for POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Leahy attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Joel Jerry Schnure, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3 Timber Lane
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Joel Schnure specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Schnure has indicated that his clinical interests include thyroid cancer. He honors Child Health Plus, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at Buffalo General Hospital for his residency. Dr. Schnure is professionally affiliated with Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Endocrine Cancer, Diabetes

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3 Timber Lane
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Matthew Gilbert is an adult endocrinology specialist. He is an in-network provider for POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Diabetes

Dr. Paul James Alexander Zimakas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Paul Zimakas, who practices in Burlington, VT, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zimakas is especially interested in diabetes. Before completing his residency at The Montreal Children's Hospital, Dr. Zimakas attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He accepts POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Eleanor Lacava Capeless, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
111 Colchester Avenue; Fahc, Acc 4th Floor
Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Eleanor Capeless' area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She is especially interested in diabetes and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Capeless studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She honors Child Health Plus, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Risk Pregnancy

Charlotte Mosher Geer, MS
Specializes in Nutrition
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT
 

Ms. Charlotte Geer practices nutrition. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, sports health, and weight management. Ms. Geer honors POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes, Weight Management

Alison Swanson Precourt
Specializes in Nutrition
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT
 

Ms. Alison Precourt is a nutrition specialist in Burlington, VT. These areas are among Ms. Precourt's clinical interests: diabetes, diabetes education, and weight management. She takes POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Diabetes Education, Weight Management

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Specializes in Nutrition
111 Colchester Avenue; Main Campus, Engineering, Level 3
Burlington, VT
 

Ms. Linda Lashure practices nutrition. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, weight management, and nutrition issues. Ms. Lashure accepts POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Diabetes, Weight Management

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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.