We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HMO near Vacaville, CA.

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Dr. Gary Arthur Matsumura, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA

Dr. Gary Matsumura, who practices in Vacaville, CA and Vallejo, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Matsumura honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at White Memorial Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Matsumura's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. William Thomas O Connor Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
300 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA

Dr. William O'Connor is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. O'Connor focuses on primary care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has an open panel. Dr. O'Connor obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gisha Thomas, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
770 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA

Dr. Gisha Thomas works as a general internist in Vacaville, CA. She graduated from Calicut Medical College. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include internal medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Dr. Thomas is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Internal Medicine, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3700 Hilborn Road; Suite 200
Fairfield, CA

Dr. Josefina Arenas specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Arenas's areas of expertise include obesity, nutrition counseling, and preventive care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arenas takes. She graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Arenas speaks Filipino. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN). She welcomes 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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