We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna PPO near Orange, CA.

Priya Khanijou Shah M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Shah attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 2.84 stars (11 ratings)
1234 W Chapman Avenue; Suite 205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. Dr. Madu is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Madu has an open panel. She attended the University of Lagos College of Medicine and the University of Benin School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Methodist Hospital and Albany Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Madu (or staff) speaks Nigerian and Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Samuel Osamu Mayeda MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Other
average rating 3.95 stars (7 ratings)
1140 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 420
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Mayeda works as an endocrinologist in Orange, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Mayeda is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mayeda include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He takes several insurance carriers, including PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Mayeda obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at Baystate Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Herbert I. Rettinger M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 3.25 stars (12 ratings)
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Orange, CA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. Dr. Rettinger is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Rettinger attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Alex V. Zand MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 2.84 stars (13 ratings)
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand specializes in general internal medicine. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Zand is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Zand's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 3.35 stars (7 ratings)
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri is an internist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ohri takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition to English, Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Mr. Jose L. Valdez M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 2.4 stars (5 ratings)
1125 E 17th Street; Ste E-224
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Jose Valdez practices family medicine in Santa Ana, CA. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Valdez has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA), and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Valdez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Mrs. Kathleen Emilie Gallaher M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.98 stars (16 ratings)
17871 Santiago Boulevard; Suite 206
Villa Park, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Gallaher's medical specialty is family medicine. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana. Dr. Gallaher's areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Gallaher is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallaher's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Antonio Ferrey MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4.49 stars (5 ratings)
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Antonio Ferrey's specialty is family medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Ferrey attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes and wellness programs. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ferrey at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferrey takes. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ferrey is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Wellness Programs

Catherine M. Garcia MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.43 stars (15 ratings)
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Catherine Garcia is a family practitioner in Orange, CA. Dr. Garcia studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, women's health issues, and weight management. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia takes. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Weight Management, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Daryoush Khoshrou
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
average rating 4.66 stars (9 ratings)
801 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou is a family practice physician in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Khoshrou's clinical interests encompass diabetes, gynecological problems, and heart problems. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khoshrou attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at In His Image Family Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Khoshrou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Khoshrou's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems

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

Dr. Lian Bach is a physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Bach (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bach include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bach trained at Ventura County Medical Center for her residency. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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

Kavita Desai M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4 stars (2 ratings)
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kavita Desai is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Desai's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Dr. Desai accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Desai attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Desai's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, Dr. Desai speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Howard Austin Hewlett DPM
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
average rating 2.68 stars (8 ratings)
1038 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. H. Hewlett is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Hewlett has a special interest in diabetes, sports health, and trauma. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Patient ratings for Dr. Hewlett average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Trauma

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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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