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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
175 Martin Avenue; Suite 340
Ephrata, PA

Dr. Tipu Saleem's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saleem include diabetes. Dr. Saleem is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at King Edward Medical University and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

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Mandy R Fannin MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
561 W Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA

Dr. Mandy Fannin works as a family medicine physician. Her clinical interests include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Fannin is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. She trained at Lancaster General Hospital for her residency. Dr. Fannin is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, Obstetrics, Injections, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Soft T ... (Read more)

Joseph G Degenhard MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
561 W Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA

Dr. Joseph Degenhard's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Degenhard's areas of expertise include contraception (birth control), women's health issues, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a graduate of Lancaster General Hospital's residency program. His professional affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Dr. Degenhard has an open panel.

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John T Coates DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
101 S 7th Street
Akron, PA

Dr. John Coates works as a family practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Coates include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Coates attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Women's Health Iss ... (Read more)

Dr Il Jun Chon MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.56 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
435 S. Kinzer Avenue; Suite 10
New Holland, PA

Dr. Il Chon works as a general internist. Dr. Chon has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, and WellSpan Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Chon accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Joseph J Irwin MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.6 stars out of 5 (27 ratings)
561 W Trout Run Road
Ephrata, PA

Dr. Joseph Irwin practices family medicine. Before performing his residency at Lancaster General Hospital, Dr. Irwin attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Irwin is affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Cary L Campanella MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4131 Oregon Pike
Brownstown, PA

Dr. Cary Campanella specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests include primary care, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Dr. Campanella graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Campanella accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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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