We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Radnor, PA.

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Dr. Carrie Marie Burns, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Carrie Burns is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Burns's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), paget's disease, and thyroid cancer. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Before performing her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Burns attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Burns is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has received the distinction of Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2016 and 2017.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Christina M Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Christina Mitchell sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include obesity, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Mitchell takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Mitchell has received the distinction of Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Erika Tapino is a Radnor, PA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Tapino takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Tapino attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Traci L Wojtkowski, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Traci Tupper sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Tupper obtained her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Tupper include adrenal tumor, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and hyperparathyroidism. The average patient rating for Dr. Tupper is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tupper's distinctions include: Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue and Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. John M Bruza, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. John Bruza's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Bruza's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bruza trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bruza has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2011-2017.

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Dr. Shakira Jeanene Grant, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Shakira Grant's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and elder care. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grant graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Grant's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Elder Care, Urinary Incontinence, Hypertension, Alzheimer's Disease

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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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