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We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Gold HMO near Kissimmee, FL.

Dr. Jose Ramon Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
300 North John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jose Fernandez's areas of specialization are family medicine and general obstetrics & gynecology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Fernandez is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He trained at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare for his residency. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fernandez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Metabolic Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Junaid A Syed, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
3262 Vineland Road; #102
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Junaid Syed's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. Dr. Syed honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After attending Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. Dr. Syed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Allergy Skin Testing, Sleep Apnea, Urinalysis, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas Edward Gearity, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3000 Hunters Creek Boulevard; Suite 1
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Gearity's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Gearity speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Gearity average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Miscarriage, Osteoporosis, Postpartum Issues, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame is an internist. He studied medicine at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Frame trained at Hurley Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frame is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Veronica Dolores Figueroa-Matos, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1160 Cypress Glen Circle
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Veronica Figueroa specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Kissimmee, FL. Dr. Figueroa graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Figueroa (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Figueroa is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Postpartum Issues, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, Cesarean Section, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Conrado Elyeran Talampas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1506 Village Oak Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Conrado Talampas' area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Talampas 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. After attending the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school, he completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Talampas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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All Interests: Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1101 North Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Saif Rehman works as a nephrologist in Orlando, FL, Kissimmee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. His clinical interests include hemodialysis. Dr. Rehman is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rehman takes.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Gout, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexis Rojas, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Alexis Rojas Md; 805-1 E. Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Alexis Rojas practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Kissimmee, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rojas completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rojas 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 during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Michael Ronald Denardis, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
907b N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Denardis is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Kissimmee, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 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. Denardis is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Denardis is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Mark Robert Palazzolo, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1160 Cypress Glen Circle
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mark Palazzolo is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Palazzolo is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. John Providence Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palazzolo takes.

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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.