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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. Dr. Drucker studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his professional training, Dr. Drucker completed residency programs at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson 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 endocrinology specialist. Dr. Dimarco studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is especially interested in diabetes. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dimarco's hospital/clinic 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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Safety Harbor, FL. Dr. Farooqi's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. Before performing his residency at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Farooqi attended Nishtar Medical College for medical school. 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 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. 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. Laura Tonjes Muller, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Laura Muller works as an ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Muller is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Dr. Muller's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. 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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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'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. Reinerio Linares-Mera, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
3180 Curlew Road; Unit 105
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Oldsmar, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Linares-Mera takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. His hospital/clinic 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. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; 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. Pankajkumar Kirtikumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite D
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi works as an internist in Palm Harbor, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Joshi include diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Joshi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and performed his residency at Woodhull Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Holter Monitoring, Hospital Care, Geriatric Health

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. Hans Albrecht Langschwager, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite 1c
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Hans Langschwager is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His education and training includes medical school at National University of San Marcos and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. Dr. Langschwager has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) is conversant in Bosnian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Langschwager's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Toenail Removal Surgery

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. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rophie takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Mount Carmel Health System. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rophie is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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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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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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