We found 49 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Silver near Clearwater, FL.

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

Dr. Cesar Lara is a family practice physician. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lara include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Lara (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). 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. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Dana Deupree's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests encompass diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. Deupree attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Her average patient rating is 4.0 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. Ramirez-Ortega honors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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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 practices general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mahajan is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan 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. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Carl Suchar, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
613 S Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Carl Suchar's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Suchar's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include diabetes. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Suchar takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He speaks French.

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

Dr. Ali Saifi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Saifi is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi is affiliated with BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saifi accepts. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese.

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

Dr. Joseph Rosin's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Rosin's clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rosin attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Jonathan Mines is a retina specialist. In addition to English, he speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Lenox Hill Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Mines is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines 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.

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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 clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Repke completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Michael J Brucculeri, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1055 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Brucculeri, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Brucculeri trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Brucculeri has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and kidney problems. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Brucculeri 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 Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis, Geriatric Health

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis-Serag include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis-Serag is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Julia Helena Cosma, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite F
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Cosma is a family practice physician. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Cosma's clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. She is affiliated with BayCare Health System. Before completing her residency at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Cosma attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, Coventry Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Geriatric Health, Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek. Dr. May's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. May studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Matthew Martin Menosky, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Menosky is a retina specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Menosky attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital 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.
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