We found 3 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Affinity Health Plan near Patchogue, NY.

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Dr. Andrew H Lane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY

Dr. Andrew Lane specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in Stony Brook, NY, Patchogue, NY, and East Setauket, NY. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Lane studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lane completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Patients rated Dr. Lane highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Dr. Robert S. S Bobrow, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
31 Oak Street
Patchogue, NY

Dr. Robert Bobrow's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Bobrow's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, primary care, and atherosclerosis. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Bobrow is professionally affiliated with Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare). Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jedan Phillips, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
31 Oak Street
Patchogue, NY

Dr. Jedan Phillips is a family medicine physician in East Setauket, NY and Patchogue, NY. Dr. Phillips obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Phillips include diabetes, primary care, and atherosclerosis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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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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