We found 53 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana HMO near Clearwater, FL.

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

Dr. Paul Dimarco works as an endocrinologist in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dimarco is especially interested in diabetes. 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. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is affiliated with 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 in Clearwater, FL. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He 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 the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek. Dr. Lara is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant 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 sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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 is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and 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 rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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.

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

Dr. Joseph Rosin is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Rosin's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosin honors. Dr. Rosin graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Finkelstein 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. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

Dr. Anup Desai works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Before completing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Desai attended medical school at Government Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a general internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laguna's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Edison Tan works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Tan's clinical interests: alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at International and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino.

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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 is a legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kishinev State Medical Institute, Dr. Shnitser performed her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Kanaan's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kanaan performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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

Dr. Carl Suchar is a physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for residency. In Dr. Suchar's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Suchar's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Ali Saifi works as a general internist in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saifi include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Dr. Saifi (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Portuguese.

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Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag is a family practitioner. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with 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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