We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare near Los Alamitos, CA.

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Dr. Alex Kutas, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3300 E South Street; Suite 103
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Alex Kutas practices adult endocrinology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Kutas's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kutas graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Ronald A Fischman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3300 E. South Street; 308
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Fischman practices adult nephrology in Long Beach, CA. In Dr. Fischman's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and pneumonia. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. In addition to English, Dr. Fischman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Pneumonia, Diabetes

Dr. Steven Joseph Becker, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Steven Becker is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Becker average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, restylane injections, and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, AppleCare Medical Group, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach. Dr. Becker is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and more. Before completing his residency at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Dr. Becker attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Becker (or staff) is conversant in Amharic, Spanish, and Russian.

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Dr. Etsegenet Tefera Ayele, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele practices general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and restylane injections. Dr. Ayele is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, AppleCare Medical Group, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute and then she performed her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Sports Health, Botox Injection, Restylane Injections, Hylaform, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Viktoriya Greblya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Greblya works as an internist. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Greblya's areas of expertise include diabetes and women's health issues. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending First Moscow Medical Institute and Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Greblya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Charles Montell Maples Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3771 Katella Avenue; Suite 110
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Charles Maples works as a family practitioner in Los Alamitos, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Maples's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and osteopathic manipulation. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maples's education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at Downey Regional Medical Center. Dr. Maples (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Osteopathic Manipulation, Back Problems, Diabetes

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3325 Palo Verde Avenue; Suite 103
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Martinez's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Martinez is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and glaucoma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martinez takes. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Martinez completed a residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Vinita Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3650 South Street; Suite 210
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Vinita Chaudhary is a family practice physician. These areas are among Dr. Chaudhary's clinical interests: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and electrocardiogram (EKG). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of SMS Medical College, Jaipur. Her training includes residency programs at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In addition to English, Dr. Chaudhary (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Dennis Larry Clark, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite 401
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Clark's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Clark's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, pneumonia, and cosmetic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at VA Wadsworth Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Clark (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - Long Beach.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Pneumonia, Diabetes

Lawrence Hodor
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
5220 Clark Avenue; 125
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Hodor's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Lakewood, CA. Dr. Hodor's clinical interests include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Patient ratings for Dr. Hodor average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Wounds, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems

Robert Daniel Murphy
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite 410
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Robert Murphy is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, reconstructive surgery, and endoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Murphy average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He speaks Filipino. Dr. Murphy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach.

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All Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Diabetes, Endoscopy

Dr. Ghulam Y Dostzada, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3771 Katella Avenue; Suite 300
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Ghulam Dostzada's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Dostzada average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pneumonia, and asthma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dostzada accepts. He is a graduate of Kabul Medical University. Dr. Dostzada (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Asthma

Kenneth Jay Wepman
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry, Sports Medicine
3816 Woodruff Avenue; Suite #207
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Wepman practices foot & ankle surgery, general podiatry, and sports medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Wepman average 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diabetes and sports health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes

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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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