We found 47 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. Dr. Varanasi takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Osmania Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Nair speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nair include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and cryosurgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Dr. Nair 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: Cryosurgery, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Tracheal Suctioning, Burns, ... (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 a specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Arias has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and alzheimer's disease. She 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. Arias is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Conemaugh Health System. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. Thomas Robison works as a family practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing his residency at Alachua General Hospital, Dr. Robison attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Robison include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. His average patient rating is 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. Robison honors. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan specializes in general internal medicine. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at UPMC Shadyside, Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Ananthakrishnan speaks Tamil and Malayalam.

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri works as an internal medicine hospitalist and geriatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. She trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kavita Rao works as an internist. She completed her residency training at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Rao 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. Rao honors. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. George Anthony Figueroa, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1201 5th Avenue No; Suite 300
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Figueroa is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Figueroa's residency was performed at Bayfront Medical Center. His clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. Dr. Figueroa has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Biofeedback, Fibromyalgia, ... (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 Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Paganini speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao is a general internist in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rao completed a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gregorio Santos is an internist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Kenneth City, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Santos include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Santos honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Santos trained at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Santos is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Mark Sibley is an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Sibley 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. Aurindom Narayan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4820 5th Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Narayan accepts. Dr. Narayan attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Peter's University Hospital. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Narayan is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Abey Sarai, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue N; Suite A-1
Kenneth City, FL
 

Dr. Abey Sarai specializes in adult infectious disease. Clinical interests for Dr. Sarai include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Sarai is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Raritan Bay Medical Center and Montreal General Hospital, Dr. Sarai attended T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nandkishor Shah works as a general internist and geriatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL. He attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, general care, and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shah speaks Polish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. In Dr. Desai's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. 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. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside 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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