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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Irina Rosewater, who practices in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Rosewater is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Rosewater attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Bone Density Test, Addison's Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Pituitary Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Surani Fernando is an endocrinologist in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Dr. Fernando is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Bone Density Test, Addison's Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Paget's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1952 Whitney Avenue; Suite 14
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Kai Yang sees patients in New Haven, CT and Hamden, CT. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Yang is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Addison's Disease, Hypothyroidism, Paget's Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. James Martone works as an ophthalmologist in Hamden, CT, West Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martone include diabetes, glaucoma, and intraocular lens (IOL) implant. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Martone (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Intraocular Lens Implant, Contact Lenses

Dr. Edward G Rippel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Edward Rippel's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Rippel is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Hiatal Hernia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lorenzo Salvatore Galante, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Lorenzo Galante's medical specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Galante is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Galante's hospital/clinic affiliations include MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galante accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Galante (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar works as a general internist. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. She is conversant in Kannada.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue; 3rd Floor
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Karkanitsa has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Minsk State Medical Institute and performed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks Spanish, Belarusian, and French.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
140 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Elman is an ophthalmologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Elman average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Elman include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Dr. Elman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elman accepts. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is conversant in Hebrew.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye Trauma, Cataract Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Bradley Road; Suite 709
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. William Schreiber specializes in general internal medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Schreiber attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Malgorzata Chustecka's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Chustecka an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Medical University of Warsaw for medical school and subsequently trained at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Chustecka (or staff) speaks Spanish, Polish, and Russian. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street; Suite 5
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Xiaoming Hong specializes in general internal medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, holter monitoring, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hong accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. She is open to new patients. After attending Zhejiang University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus. Dr. Hong (or staff) speaks Mandarin, German, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Alzheimer's Disease

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
One Evergreen Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Lori Paragas specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Paragas is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Athlete's Foot, Ankle Fracture, Achilles Tendon Problems, Hammer Toe, Shockwave ... (Read more)

Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
245 Amity Road; Suite 110
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. Jonathan Key specializes in foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. Dr. Key's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Key's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, Sports Health, Achilles Tendon Problems, Hammer ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street; Suite 5
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Sunita Chhabra's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Chhabra (or staff) speaks Chinese, German, and Hindi. These areas are among Dr. Chhabra's clinical interests: diabetes, primary care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. For her professional training, Dr. Chhabra completed a residency program at Long Island College Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Respiratory Infection, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Roman Khodzinsky practices general internal medicine. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Khodzinsky trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Khodzinsky (or staff) is conversant in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. Dr. Khodzinsky is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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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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