We found 80 providers with an interest in diabetes near Dunedin, FL.

Dr. Jerry Drucker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite C
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jerry Drucker practices adult endocrinology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. Dr. Drucker is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Drucker takes. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Drucker attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school.

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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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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 104
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Farooqi's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Before performing his residency at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Farooqi attended Nishtar Medical College for medical school. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and thyroid problems. In addition to English, Dr. Farooqi (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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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Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist in Palm Harbor, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. She 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. After attending Stanley Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ananthakrishnan completed her residency training at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Dr. Laura Tonjes Muller, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Laura Muller sees patients in Oldsmar, FL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Dr. Muller's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Muller trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for her residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She 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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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

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. 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. 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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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; 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. Julia Helena Cosma, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite F
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Cosma's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Cosma is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, Coventry Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Cosma speaks Spanish.

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

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. Reinerio Linares-Mera, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
3180 Curlew Road; Unit 105
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Linares-Mera has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Thoracentesis, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Robert Neil Shobe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Shobe's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shobe's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shobe include diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Allegheny General Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

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. Kathleen Louise Peditto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Peditto's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Peditto's clinical interests: diabetes and shingles. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Peditto attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Peditto completed a residency program at Lankenau Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

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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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