We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Encino, CA.

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Dr. Jennifer Lyn Mehdizadeh, MD
Specializes in Urology
18321 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Mehdizadeh practices urology (urinary tract disease) and gynecology in Tarzana, CA and West Hills, CA. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Mehdizadeh include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and stroke. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehdizadeh accepts. Dr. Mehdizadeh speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Jeffrey A Glick, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Glick's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Dr. Glick attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Glick include primary care, tests, and glomerulonephritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Glick average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Glick is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Primary Care, Electrolyte Disorders, Tests, Hemodialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Stuart Romoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Mark Romoff specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Romoff include tests, glomerulonephritis, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Romoff is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Romoff's professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Burton A Liebross, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Burton Liebross is a Tarzana, CA physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Liebross is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Liebross is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liebross speaks Hebrew. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Hongyan Li
Specializes in Acupuncture
5435 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 207
Encino, CA
 

Ms. Hongyan Li is an acupuncturist in Encino, CA and Santa Clarita, CA. She speaks Mandarin. Ms. Li's clinical interests include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Ms. Li is open to new patients.

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Dr. Matthew G Mischel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Mischel's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Mischel's clinical interests include tests, glomerulonephritis, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mischel takes. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mischel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received distinctions including Diplomat- American Board of Internal Medicine/Nephrology; Diplomat- American Board of Internal Medicine; and Member- Alpha Omega Alpha, Tufts University. Dr. Mischel speaks Spanish. Dr. Mischel is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Electrolyte Disorders, Tests, Hemodialysis, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas C Di Domenico, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Di Domenico's areas of expertise include tests, glomerulonephritis, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Di Domenico's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Acupuncture
16260 Ventura Boulevard; Suite Ll16
Encino, CA
 

Ms. Sharareh Daghighi's area of specialization is acupuncture. Clinical interests for Ms. Daghighi include hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Ms. Daghighi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Dr. Yael Merav, PhD
Specializes in Acupuncture
16545 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 24
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Yael Merav specializes in acupuncture. Areas of expertise for Dr. Merav include hepatitis, infertility, and nambudripad's allergy elimination techniques (NAET). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Merav is an in-network provider for L.A. Care Health Plan insurance. Dr. Merav (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian.

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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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