We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HealthFund PPO near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Earle is a specialist in adult endocrinology. In Dr. Earle's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Earle's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Earle's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Kjersti Meyer Kirkeby, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Kirkeby honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Her medical residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. She speaks Norwegian. Dr. Kirkeby is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Melissa E Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Weinberg works as an adult endocrinologist. She obtained her medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weinberg has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Weinberg has an open panel.

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Dr. Diana M Antoniucci, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Diana Antoniucci is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in San Francisco, CA. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Antoniucci focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Antoniucci honors. She welcomes new patients. She attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to English, Dr. Antoniucci speaks Italian.

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Dr. Anthony Y Yin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Anthony Yin, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Novato, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Yin has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Yin graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert Clifford Vazquez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
350 Rhode Island Street; Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Vazquez is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Vazquez average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass primary care. Dr. Vazquez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Vazquez has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Vazquez is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 601
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics and practices in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Dr. Arvon has a special interest in high risk pregnancy and fibroids. Patient ratings for Dr. Arvon average 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arvon graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Arvon completed a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Arvon speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Tatsuo Hiroshima, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
2300 California Street; Suite 103
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Hiroshima's specialties are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. Patients rated Dr. Hiroshima highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass primary care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hiroshima is open to new patients. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Joyce E Hansen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Joyce Hansen is a general internist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hansen is especially interested in internal medicine. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hansen welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hansen is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Internal Medicine, Asthma, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Shilpa Madhavan Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Shilpa Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include internal medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Shah is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Shah attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.

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Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
2300 California Street; Suite 103
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy's specialties are family medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. He practices in San Francisco, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Palanisamy attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Palanisamy (or staff) speaks Spanish and Tamil. Dr. Palanisamy's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. He 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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