We found 41 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Homestead, FL.

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Dr. Tsu-Chun Lin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Third Floor Mab
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tsu-Hui Lin is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Tampa, FL. She graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Lin trained at Baltimore City Hospitals. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and pituitary disorders. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Taiwanese. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Metabolic Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Manuel C Sainz De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Manuel Sainz De La Pena works as an endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is conversant in Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sainz De La Pena include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is in-network 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: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison is an adult endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Morrison is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Morrison attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Terry Joe Declue, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Third Floor Mab
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Terry Declue works as a pediatric endocrinologist. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Declue include diabetes and thyroid surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Declue average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Declue is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Diabetes

Michele Marie Laine
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Family Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Ms. Michele Laine is an endocrinologist and family practice physician. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Ms. Laine is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Jon DiPietro, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 500
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jon Dipietro is a general practitioner and preventive medicine specialist in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dipietro include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dipietro is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Preventive Care, X-Rays

Dr. Norman Joseph Castellano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Norman Castellano's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Castellano include diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and general care. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Castellano studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Castellano's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, General Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Weight Management, X-Rays

Dr. Olayinka Abiodun Bankole, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
2901 W. Saint Isabel Street; Suite D
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Olayinka Bankole is a bariatric medicine specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, lung surgery, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Bankole is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He honors 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: Diabetes, Lung Surgery, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Atul Rasikial Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3120 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Atul Shah practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Calvert Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Seth G.S. Medical College, and King Edward Medical University and then he performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, and Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Shah is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shah is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Weight Management, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Geriatric Health

Dr. Stephen Mordecai Kreitzer I, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Kreitzer is a specialist in adult pulmonology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Kreitzer focuses on diabetes, sleep apnea, and spirometry. Dr. Kreitzer's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He 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 studied medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Kreitzer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Spirometry

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti works as a general internist. He graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Diasti trained at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Diasti include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and complementary or alternative therapy. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Diasti takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Diasti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Dr. John Dewey Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Ramirez specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez include holter monitoring, atherosclerosis, and angina. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Ramirez speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress Testing, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N Armenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is an adult nephrologist in Tampa, FL. In his practice, Dr. Serrano focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Serrano takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox's medical specialty is general internal medicine and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. Dr. Knox takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Knox trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinction: Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel E Scolaro, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
11420 N 56th Street
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Sam Scolaro practices family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Scolaro average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, cholesterol screening, and prostate screening. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Scolaro takes 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 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Scolaro (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Indian Languages.

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All Interests: Flu Shot, Immunization, Hypertension, Diabetes, Osteopathic Manipulation, Preventive Care, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Heritage Valley Beaver, Dr. Reed attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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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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