We found 64 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Silver near Dunedin, FL.

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

Dr. Jerry Drucker is a Palm Harbor, FL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Drucker include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Drucker 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. Dr. Drucker attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Dimarco's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Dimarco is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Cesar Lara practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Lara is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lara takes. Dr. Lara is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Travel Medicine, Geriatric ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Laguna 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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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Laura Muller works as an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muller include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Muller average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muller 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Muller attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, Retina Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera's specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Linares-Mera accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) speaks 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. Pankajkumar Kirtikumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite D
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi works as a general internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Joshi has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school, Dr. Joshi completed his residency training at Woodhull Medical Center. Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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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 medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Suchar include diabetes. Dr. Suchar's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Suchar takes. Dr. Suchar graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He speaks French.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saifi include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Saifi's training includes a residency program at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Patient ratings for Dr. Saifi average 4.5 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.

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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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bosnian, Spanish, and French. He has a special interest in diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. Dr. Langschwager's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended National University of San Marcos for medical school and subsequently trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. Dr. Langschwager's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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 specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Mines is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Scleral Buckle, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Rophie is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rophie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rophie is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Mount Carmel Health System's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. He is 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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Dunedin, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Repke include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Repke is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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 works as an internist. She has a special interest in diabetes and shingles. Dr. Peditto is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peditto honors. She 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

Dr. Bindu A Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 404
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Bindu Thomas practices general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thomas include diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Thomas performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 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.

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All Interests: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Geriatric Health

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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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