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

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

Dr. Paul Dimarco is an adult endocrinologist. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. The average patient rating for Dr. Dimarco is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Cesar Lara practices family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lara completed a residency program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lara accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Dr. Lara's 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 is a retina specialist in Clearwater, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deupree attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

Dr. Kurt Repke is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Repke include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Repke speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Joseph Rosin sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. Dr. Rosin's professional affiliations include Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant 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. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Rosin performed his residency at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital.

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

Dr. Anup Desai is an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. The average patient rating for Dr. Desai is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Desai attended Government Medical College for medical school. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a general internist. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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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. Dr. Tan obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in Filipino.

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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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Dr. Natalie P Shnitser, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Shnitser accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is a graduate of Kishinev State Medical Institute and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian.

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Saleemuddin Imtyazuddin Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Saiyad is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Saiyad's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

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

Dr. Jonathan Mines is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. In addition to English, he speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Mines's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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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Dr. Carl Suchar, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
613 S Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Carl Suchar's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Suchar's clinical interests encompass diabetes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Suchar completed a residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Suchar has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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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