We found 28 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. In Dr. Rhie's practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rhie graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seth G.S. Medical College. His residency was performed at Berkshire Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

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

Dr. Priya Shah is an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah obtained her medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Madu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Nigerian and Spanish. Her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and the University of Benin School of Medicine and residency at Methodist Hospital and Albany Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Llanyee Isabella Liwanpo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Llanyee Liwanpo works as an endocrinologist. In addition to English, Dr. Liwanpo (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism and pituitary disorders. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Liwanpo attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

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

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

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. Dr. Rettinger is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Rettinger completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zand takes. Dr. Zand studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Ohri's clinical interests: diabetes and women's health issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Ohri average 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Dr. Ohri (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Mikio Tachibana, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 154
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mikio Tachibana is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Tachibana is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tachibana is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Tachibana has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10% patient satisfaction. Dr. Tachibana (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tachibana is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Laura Meeree Cho, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue; Suite 306
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Laura Cho's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Cho's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cho attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Perimenopause, Diabetes, Arthritis, Elder ... (Read more)

Dr. Virany Margaret Kreng, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Virany Kreng works as a family medicine practitioner in Orange, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Kreng include well woman care, genital warts, and adolescent issues. Dr. Kreng's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). She attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Primary Care, Immunization, Genital Warts, Family Planning, Pap Test, HPV, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose L Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1125 E 17th Street; Suite E224
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Jose Valdez's area of specialization is family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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. Dr. Valdez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Norman Joel Rosen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E Chapman Avenue; Suite 306
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Norman Rosen specializes in family medicine and practices in Orange, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, substance abuse, and menopause. Dr. Rosen's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosen takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Bone Density Test, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry Frederick Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 311
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jerry Tsai is an adult hospital medicine specialist in Orange, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include diabetes, primary care, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Tsai attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Primary Care, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert William Buster, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
845 W La Veta Avenue; #108
Orange, CA
 

Dr. R. Buster's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Orange, CA. Dr. Buster's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and aging. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Buster is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Fernando Galvan Martinez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Fernando Martinez is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Martinez's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Martinez graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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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