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

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

Dr. Priya Shah's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shah 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 Ihejirika, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; Suite 205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Madu focuses on diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Madu accepts. Before completing her residency at Methodist Hospital and Albany Medical Center, Dr. Madu attended medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and the University of Benin School of Medicine. Dr. Madu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Nigerian and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Samuel Osamu Mayeda, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Other
1140 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 420
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Mayeda is a specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Mayeda average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mayeda is an in-network provider for PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, Dr. Mayeda completed his residency training at Baystate Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger's specialty is adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rettinger's clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rettinger takes. 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 Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand practices general internal medicine in Orange, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zand's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks 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, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Orange, CA. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ohri include diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Ohri honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Ohri trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) is conversant in 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

Dr. Jose L Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1125 E 17th Street; Ste E-224
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Jose Valdez is a Santa Ana, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Valdez's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Valdez has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Kathleen Emilie Gallaher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17871 Santiago Boulevard; Suite 206
Villa Park, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Gallaher is a family practitioner in Villa Park, CA. Dr. Gallaher's areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana. Dr. Gallaher speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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)

Dr. Antonio Ferrey, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Antonio Ferrey works as a family medicine physician in Orange, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and wellness programs. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ferrey accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrey is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Wellness Programs

Dr. Catherine M Garcia, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Catherine Garcia works as a family medicine physician. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, women's health issues, and weight management. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia accepts. 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

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
801 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Daryoush Khoshrou works as a family medicine physician in Santa Ana, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoshrou include diabetes, gynecological problems, and heart problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Khoshrou graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at In His Image Family Medicine. Dr. Khoshrou (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems

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

Dr. Lian Bach specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Bach (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bach's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Bach is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bach trained at Ventura County Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Kavita Desai, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kavita Desai's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Desai is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Desai is especially interested in diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Desai completed Dr. Desai's residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai takes.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Howard Austin Hewlett
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1038 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. H. Hewlett works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Hewlett's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, sports health, and trauma. Patient ratings for Dr. Hewlett average 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hewlett is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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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