We found 36 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Homestead, FL.

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 pediatric endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Lin is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 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. Lin accepts. She graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lin completed a residency program at Baltimore City Hospitals. She is conversant in Taiwanese. Dr. Lin is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, 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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sainz De La Pena include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. His average patient rating is 2.0 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. Sainz De La Pena honors. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Anthony Douglas Morrison, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5th Floor - Endocrinology, Usf Department of Internal Medicine; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison is an endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morrison has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He 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. He is open to new patients. Dr. Morrison is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. - Mdc 62; Usf Department of Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bollepalli graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Bollepalli's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

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 practices pediatric endocrinology in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Declue include diabetes and thyroid surgery. Dr. Declue's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). The average patient rating for Dr. Declue is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Declue 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and family medicine. Clinical interests for Ms. Laine include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Dipietro has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Dipietro average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dipietro 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Atul Shah is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Shah's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, MedStar Health, and Calvert Memorial Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Seth G.S. Medical College, and King Edward Medical University and residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, and Prince George's Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shah at an average of 4.5 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. Shah honors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Valerie Eugenia Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2 Tampa General Circle; 4th Floor - Usf Ob - Gyn
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman works as a perinatologist. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and prenatal diagnosis. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Whiteman takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is open to new patients. Dr. Whiteman attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whiteman include: Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Castellano include diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Castellano trained at Long Island College Hospital for his residency. 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bankole include diabetes, lung surgery, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Bankole is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. He trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bankole's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes, Lung Surgery

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N N Aremenia Avenue; Suite A, Office of Gustavo Serrano Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is an adult nephrologist. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. 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. Dr. Serrano attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. Dr. Serrano speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Alan Marc Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4108 Henderson Boulevard; Office of Alan Weintraub Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alan Weintraub specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Weintraub include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. The average patient rating for Dr. Weintraub is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weintraub 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. Dr. Weintraub is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and 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, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, atherosclerosis, and angina. Dr. Ramirez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ramirez's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Jose Cura Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4612 N Habana Avenue; Floor 2
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Cura is an adult cardiology specialist. Before performing his residency at Richmond University Medical Center, Dr. Cura attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cura include diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cura is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Holter Monitoring, Pacemaker, Angina, Cardiac Catheterization, Geriatric Health

Dr. Kevin Edward Elder, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Elder's specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. He practices in Tampa, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and joint injections. Dr. Elder's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's 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. Elder studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Elder completed a residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Elder speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Apnea, Musculoskeletal Problems, Diabetes, Nutrition Counseling, Carpal Tunnel ... (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.