We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare Advantage near South Burlington, VT.

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

Dr. John Leahy works as an endocrinologist in Burlington, VT and South Burlington, VT. He honors POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leahy graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Leahy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Fletcher Allen Health Care and The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Muriel Nathan, MD, PHD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
62 Tilley Drive; Suite 202
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Muriel Nathan's specialty is adult endocrinology. She has a special interest in diabetes and thyroid cancer. Dr. Nathan is in-network for POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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

Joel Jerry Schnure, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
62 Tilley Drive; Suite 202
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Joel Schnure works as an endocrinologist. He is especially interested in thyroid cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City and The University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Schnure honors Child Health Plus, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schnure graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Buffalo General Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Endocrine Cancer, Diabetes

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3 Timber Lane
South Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Matthew Gilbert is an endocrinologist. He is affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Dr. Gilbert attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Diabetes

Paul James Alexander Zimakas, MDCM
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Paul Zimakas is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Burlington, VT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zimakas include diabetes. Dr. Zimakas takes POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at The Montreal Children's Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Eleanor Capeless is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Burlington, VT. Dr. Capeless's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and high risk pregnancy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Child Health Plus, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Capeless is affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Richard Jay Solomon, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1 South Prospect Street; Rehab, Level 2
Burlington, VT
 

Dr. Richard Solomon specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Burlington, VT. Dr. Solomon's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is professionally affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Solomon attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, POMCO, and Fidelis.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure

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

Ms. Charlotte Geer's area of specialization is nutrition. Clinical interests for Ms. Geer include diabetes, sports health, and weight management. Ms. Geer is professionally affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center. She accepts POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to 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's specialty is nutrition. Ms. Precourt's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, diabetes education, and weight management. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center. She accepts 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

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

Ms. Linda Lashure's area of specialization is nutrition. These areas are among Ms. Lashure's clinical interests: diabetes, weight management, and nutrition issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. She is affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center.

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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.
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