We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Anthem near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Wei Feng, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Wei Feng practices adult endocrinology in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Patients gave Dr. Feng an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Feng include diabetes, obesity, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Feng is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Feng honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing Dr. Feng's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee, Dr. Feng attended Heidelberg University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German.

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Dr. Mark O Goodarzi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Steven Spielberg Building; Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mark Goodarzi, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Goodarzi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and insulin resistance. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Endocrine Society Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award; and Outstanding Investigator Award, Western Section, American Federation for Medical Research. Dr. Goodarzi is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes, Addison's Disease, Hypoglycemia, Adrenal ... (Read more)

Dr. Ruchi Mathur, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ruchi Mathur's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mathur include obesity, menstrual disorders, and insulin resistance. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Dr. Mathur attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mathur include: Chairwoman, American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Expo; Hind Rattan Award; and Reviewer, International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Menstrual Disorders, Obesity, Insulin Resistance

Dr. Vikram Vadilal Kamdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Vikram Kamdar is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamdar's areas of expertise include diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and osteoporosis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamdar accepts. Dr. Kamdar attended Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kamdar (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kamdar's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Nilem Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1700 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue; Suite 3300
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Nilem Patel is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Patel trained at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Patel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC).

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All Interests: Metabolism, Diabetes

Dr. Lily C Chao, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms #61
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lily Chao is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Dr. Chao honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chao's distinctions include: Southern California Rising Stars; Pasadena Magazine's Top Doctors 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; and Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Gustavo Alberto Alza Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
5224 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gustavo Alza is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Dr. Alza takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Alza graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Elder Care, Hospice, Mood Disorders

Specializes in General Pediatrics
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Tiffany Aman specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Riverside, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aman accepts. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada, Dr. Aman attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Indonesian. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Emergency Care

Dr. Stephen T Copen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
874 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Copen specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Copen include hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patient ratings for Dr. Copen average 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and Rush Medical College. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Copen is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems

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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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