We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net PPO near Irvine, CA.

YungIn Choi MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.57 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Yung-In Choi is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Choi has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Choi obtained his medical school training at Yonsei University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Metabolism, Approaches, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Ping H Wang MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
University of Calif Irvine; Gottschalk Medical Plaza
Irvine, CA

Dr. Ping Wang is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He speaks Taiwanese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wang include diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. Dr. Wang is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. He is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Wang completed a residency program at Boston VA Medical Center. Dr. Wang is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Metabolism, Approaches, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Almoatazbellah Magdeldin Idriss MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA

Dr. Almoatazbellah Idriss is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Idriss (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He obtained his medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Anthem.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Metabolism, Approaches, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Dr Steven D Chessler MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Steven Chessler's specialty is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. Dr. Chessler's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Approaches, Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Ajanta Naidu MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Ajanta Naidu is a pediatric endocrinologist. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Naidu attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Naidu's residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Approaches, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Bogi Andersen MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Bogi Andersen is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. Dr. Andersen is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Iceland Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Metabolism, Approaches, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Qin Yang
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Qin Yang is an adult endocrinology specialist. He has a special interest in diabetes, internal medicine, and metabolism. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Yang is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yang's education and training includes medical school at Nanjing Medical University and residency at Jacobi Medical Center. He is conversant in Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Approaches, Metabolism, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Internal Medicine

Mikio Tachibana MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
4950 Barranca Parkway; Suite 205b
Irvine, CA

Dr. Mikio Tachibana works as an internist in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Tachibana's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tachibana takes. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Tachibana has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tachibana welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Paul Y Han DPM
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 209
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Paul Han's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Santa Ana, CA and Duarte, CA. Dr. Han's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and foot surgery. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He speaks Korean.

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All Interests: Foot Surgery, Diabetes

Baruch D Kuppermann MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA

Dr. Baruch Kuppermann is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kuppermann include diabetes, eye problems, and surgical procedures. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Doheny Eye Institute. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kuppermann has received include Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; Best Doctors in America - Ophthalmology; and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kuppermann (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Approaches, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Eye Problems

Dr Philip E Madrid MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.19 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
2212 E. Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Philip Madrid specializes in family medicine and practices in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madrid is especially interested in diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, and acne. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Madrid's medical residency was performed at Prince George's Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Urgent Care, Acne, Diabetes, Skin Issues

Fernando G Martinez MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Fernando Martinez's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Urgent Care, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Dia ... (Read more)

John M Molina DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3743 South Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. John Molina specializes in family medicine. Dr. Molina is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, sports health, and nutrition issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He is a graduate of the University of California and Midwestern University. His residency was performed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. Molina is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Sports Health, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes

Lian Bach DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E 4th Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Lian Bach works as a family practice physician in Ventura, CA and Santa Ana, CA. She attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Ventura County Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bach honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. Dr. Bach (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Wellness Visit, Contraception, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Arthur I Goldstein MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Other
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1441 Avocado Avenue; Suite 608
Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Arthur Goldstein is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He works in Orange, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Goldstein has indicated that his clinical interests include amniocentesis, diabetes, and colposcopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Goldstein is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Community Care Network (CCN), and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Diabetes, High Risk Pregnancy, Amniocentesis

Diane Kim MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 304
Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Diane Kim sees patients in Santa Ana, CA. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Kim has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension

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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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