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

Dr. Tipu Saleem practices adult endocrinology in Lititz, PA and Ephrata, PA. In Dr. Saleem's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. He is affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. He attended King Edward Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Joseph G Degenhard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Degenhard's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Degenhard include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and holistic approaches. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Degenhard attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Degenhard trained at Lancaster General Hospital for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mandy R Fannin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Mandy Fannin is an Ephrata, PA physician who specializes in family medicine. She is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and a graduate of Lancaster General Hospital's residency program. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Fannin is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. John Coates works as a family practice physician in Brownstown, PA and Akron, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coates is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Coates's professional affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Il Jun Chon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
446 N Reading Road; Suite 301
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Il Chon specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Ephrata, PA and New Holland, PA. Dr. Chon attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Chon include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chon honors. Dr. Chon's professional affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Medical Group, and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Joseph J Irwin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Irwin works as a family medicine physician in Ephrata, PA. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lancaster General Hospital for residency. Dr. Irwin's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Irwin's professional affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Cary L Campanella, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4131 Oregon Pike
Brownstown, PA
 

Dr. Cary Campanella practices family medicine in Brownstown, PA. Dr. Campanella's clinical interests include primary care, diabetes, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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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