We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Leap Basic Plus near Collegeville, PA.

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Dr. Lisa L Hamaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hamaker specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Collegeville, PA and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Hamaker has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Sumon Agarwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Sumon Agarwala sees patients in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Collegeville, PA. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agarwala takes. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Agarwala trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Agarwala is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Dana B Burkholder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
300 Schuylkill Road
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Dana Burkholder practices family medicine in King of Prussia, PA and Phoenixville, PA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Burkholder include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing his residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, Dr. Burkholder attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Kathryn R Hennessey, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Kathryn Hennessey works as a family practice physician in Trappe, PA and Collegeville, PA. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hennessey has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Hennessey attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anxiety

Dr. Tianming Zhou, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
305 2nd Avenue; Suite 210
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Tianming Zhou works as a family medicine practitioner. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, migraine, and thyroid problems. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhou is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown's residency program. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Zhou's hospital/clinic affiliations include Suburban Community Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
30 S Trooper Road
Norristown, PA
 

Dr. James Millard specializes in family medicine and practices in Norristown, PA and Jeffersonville, PA. In his practice, Dr. Millard focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and allergies. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Millard performed his residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Millard is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Adil Shakir, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
420 W Linfield Trappe Road; Suite 1000
Limerick, PA
 

Dr. Adil Shakir sees patients in Limerick, PA and Norristown, PA. His medical specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Shakir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Shakir has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Shakir graduated from Al-Ameen Medical College and then he performed his residency at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
3125 Ridge Pike; Suite B
Eagleville, PA
 

Dr. Bernard Novabilski specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Novabilski average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at Frankford Hospital. Dr. Novabilski (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Laser Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Foot Problems

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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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