We found 57 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Ana, CA.

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

Dr. Francis Rhie's specialty is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of 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). Dr. Rhie accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After attending Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seth G.S. Medical College for medical school, Dr. Rhie completed his residency training 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. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi practices adult endocrinology in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Choi graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Choi completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Andrew R Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes is an adult endocrinology specialist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. In Dr. Reikes's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reikes has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Maruja Del Valle Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Rocklin, CA and Orange, CA. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla attended Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Almoatazbellah Magdeldin Idriss, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Almoatazbellah Idriss' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Idriss (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Idriss attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Anthem.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Wang studied medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. He trained at Boston VA Medical Center for residency. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wang has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). He speaks Taiwanese. Dr. Wang is affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MBA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and then went on to complete her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Naidu has received distinctions including Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Naidu is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Developmental Disorders, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

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

Dr. Priya Shah is a specialist in adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Her professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Shah performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant.

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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 specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Madu has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Madu include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and the University of Benin School of Medicine. Dr. Madu's medical residency was performed at Methodist Hospital and Albany Medical Center. Dr. Madu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Nigerian and Spanish. Dr. Madu's 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He works in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Tran performed his residency at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan is an adult endocrinology specialist. He speaks Armenian. These areas are among his clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Labadzhyan is affiliated with Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Labadzhyan honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Labadzhyan include: Member, Endocrine Society Resident of the Year; Gustave D. Suffin, MD, Award for Excellence in Neuroscience; and Clinical Fellows Award for Excellence in Research.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes, Cushing's Disease, Hypertension, Acromegaly, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Herbert Rettinger's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rettinger trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. Dr. Rettinger is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi practices adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kurdi graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Kurdi is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Zand's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zand honors. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Dennis Robert Long, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
293 S. Main Street; Suite 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Long is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Long accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. He has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Long is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Hepatitis B

Dr. Carol Ann Major, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology
1140 W. La Veta Avenue; Suite 805
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Carol Major's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Major's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and multiple pregnancy (e.g. twins). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and St. Jude Hospital. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Major is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Major trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Major include: Best Doctors in America - Obstetrics and Gynecology; Southern California Super Doctors; and Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Major speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Multiple Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, High Risk Pregnancy

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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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