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We found 53 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
417 Corbett Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco's specialty is adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Dimarco's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. He is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Dimarco honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Dr. Joseph Howard Rosin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Rosin specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. He is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Rosin is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. Dr. Rosin is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Lara obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lara accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Travel Medicine, Geriatric ... (Read more)

Dr. Dana Madison Deupree, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite120
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Dana Deupree works as a retina specialist in Clearwater, FL. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Deupree speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, Retina Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel works as an anesthesiologist and geriatrician in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Dr. Anup Natwarlal Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Anup Desai practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Desai takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Coney Island Hospital for residency. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of International. He completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Tan speaks Filipino.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. Kurt Bryan Repke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
646 Virginia Street; 5th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Repke sees patients in Dunedin, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Repke is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Finkelstein's residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan's specialty is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kanaan include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi practices general internal medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Portuguese.

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Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Laguna's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines' specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is conversant in French. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Mines average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Scleral Buckle, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, ... (Read more)

Dr. Natalie P Shnitser, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser is a physician who specializes in legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). The average patient rating for Dr. Shnitser is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shnitser include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road N; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan is a general internist in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. These areas are among Dr. Mahajan's clinical interests: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Derrick Joseph Borecky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
646 Virginia Street; Mease Medical Arts Ii Suite 204
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Derrick Borecky's specialty is general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Borecky include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. Dr. Borecky is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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.