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We found 50 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Kenneth City, FL.

Dr. Ajay Varanasi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1615 S. Pasadena Avenue; Suite 290
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ajay Varanasi works as an adult endocrinologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Rockledge, FL. Dr. Varanasi is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside Hospital. 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. He graduated from Osmania Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Pennsylvania Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Govindan Potteth Nair, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4820 5th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Govindan Nair practices adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, cryotherapy, and pituitary disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Dr. Nair attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Nair is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist. 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. She attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramona M Arias, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
4880 49th Street N; Suite 105
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ramona Arias is an adult nephrologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Arias speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and alzheimer's disease. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Arias attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Patients rated her highly, giving her 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. Arias honors.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri practices adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before completing her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. 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: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao works as an internist. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Rao attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Rao is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts 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: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas John Robison, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
560 Jackson Street N; Suite 302
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Robison's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Robison include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Before completing his residency at Alachua General Hospital, Dr. Robison attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Robison is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Robison 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: Alcohol Abuse, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos' specialty is general internal medicine. He attended Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at The Miriam Hospital for residency. Dr. Santos's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. He 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 conversant in Spanish. Dr. Santos's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Rao an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her training includes a residency program at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia Anderson Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7005 4th Street N; Suite 1
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Paganini speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Before completing her residency at UNC Hospitals, Dr. Paganini attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 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: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nandkishor Navnitlal Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nandkishor Shah practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, general care, and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Tumor, Abdominal Paracentesis, Electrocardiogram, Foreign Body Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Scott Morse, MPH, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5800 49th Street N; Suite S-201
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Linda Morse's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After completing medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. The average patient rating for Dr. Morse is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morse honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Morse speaks Thai. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai specializes in adult hematology and medical oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Desai include diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. She has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 260
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sibley has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sibley accepts. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. George Anthony Figueroa, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1201 5th Avenue N; Suite 300
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Figueroa works as a family medicine physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Figueroa's areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Figueroa is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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Dr. Aurindom Narayan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4820 5th Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Narayan's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Saint Peter's University Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.