We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Madison, WI.

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Dr. James M Sosman, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2880 University Avenue
Madison, WI
 

Dr. James Sosman is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Sosman graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Sosman include obesity, immunization (preventive vaccines), and common cold. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sosman has received the distinction of Best Doctors in America. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health and the University Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Rachel C Bennett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5543 E Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI
 

Dr. Rachel Bennett specializes in family medicine. She attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Dr. Bennett's medical residency was performed at Baylor Medical Center at Garland. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bennett include obesity, immunization (preventive vaccines), and common cold. Dr. Bennett is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Dr. Ravi S Hirekatur, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7102 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Ravi Hirekatur is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, immunization (preventive vaccines), and common cold. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Hirekatur performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health. Dr. Hirekatur is closed to new patients at this time.

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Dr. Jonas Joo-Young Lee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1102 S Park Street
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Jonas Lee's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include obesity, immunization (preventive vaccines), and common cold. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health.

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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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