We found 27 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Medicare Advantage near Los Altos, CA.

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Dr. Kjersti Meyer Kirkeby, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive; Endocrinology & Metabolism, S025
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby is an endocrinologist. Dr. Kirkeby has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Her training includes a residency program at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Kirkeby is conversant in Norwegian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol S Clewans, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Carol Clewans is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Palo Alto, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Clewans's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Clewans attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Clewans average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clewans takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diane I Suchet, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
370 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Diane Suchet is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. Dr. Suchet trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Suchet include turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Suchet is conversant in French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Type 1 Diabetes, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Lara Lyn An Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lara Wong is an adult endocrinologist. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Wong's areas of expertise include diabetes and metabolism. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wong takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Metabolism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew B Stenerson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Stenerson specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. His clinical interests encompass endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stenerson accepts. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Grace Wu Chan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Grace Chan, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HSA. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chan attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Diabetes during ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea M Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom practices adult endocrinology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tom include diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Tom takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. She trained at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for residency.

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All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, ... (Read more)

Dr. Norra A Kwong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Floor 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Norra Kwong is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kwong completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kwong accepts. Dr. Kwong is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Crystal Marie Smith-Spangler, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler is an internist. Dr. Smith-Spangler has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and internal medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Smith-Spangler has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Dr. Sarah Nicole Carranza, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Torres sees patients in Palo Alto, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Torres speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in primary care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torres honors. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Intrauterine Device Insertion, Primary Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Cholesterol Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole Jennifer Hong, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Hong practices general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, Dr. Hong focuses on women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hong completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Dr. Hong's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Hong is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marina L Tostado, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
701 E El Camnio Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Marina Tostado works as an internist. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Tostado focuses on internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Tostado an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tostado takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Tostado is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Internal Medicine

Dr. Hector M Medina, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Hector Medina is a general OB/GYN in Mountain View, CA. Dr. Medina's clinical interests include women's health issues. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Medina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Medina completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Medina is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy Ellen Wong, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2485 Hospital Drive; Suite 231
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Amy Wong is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Wong attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Wong's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Liza Hope Kunz, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2485 Hospital Drive; Suite 231
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Liza Kunz is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Mountain View, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Fremont, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kunz include high risk pregnancy. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kunz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Kunz attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kunz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Seema Sangwan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
877 W Fremont Avenue; Suite N1
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Seema Sangwan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Sangwan is especially interested in internal medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Sangwan (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Sangwan is open to new patients.

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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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