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Dr. Daniel L Hofius, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7580 Auburn Road; Suite 202
Concord Twp, OH

Dr. Daniel Hofius is a family practice physician in Concord Township, OH, Concord, OH, and Painesville, OH. These areas are among Dr. Hofius's clinical interests: diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and skin issues. He is affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center. He attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hofius is an in-network provider for Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Immunization, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Cholesterol Problems, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Cynthia Lee Sullivan, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
510 Fifth Avenue
Chardon, OH

Dr. Cynthia Caja's specialty is family medicine. She graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Caja has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Caja takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center.

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Dr. Robert Mark Znidarsic, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
510 Fifth Avenue
Chardon, OH

Dr. Robert Znidarsic sees patients in Chardon, OH. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patients rated Dr. Znidarsic highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and women's health issues. He is professionally affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Znidarsic's training includes a residency program at Summa Health System.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Patricia D Kelly
Specializes in Family Medicine
7580 Auburn Road; Suite 202
Painesville, OH

Ms. Patricia Kelly practices family medicine in Concord, OH and Painesville, OH. Her clinical interests include diabetes, preventive care, and women's health issues. She is affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center. Ms. Kelly honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues




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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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