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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 N. John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jose Fernandez's areas of specialization are family medicine and general obstetrics & gynecology; he sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Fernandez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Fernandez's residency was performed at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. His average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. Dr. Syed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He is open to new patients.

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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 specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Gearity's professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Gearity completed his residency training at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Postpartum, Hysteroscopy, Bone Density Test, Cesarean Section, Contraception, Sickle ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward L J Frame, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame practices general internal medicine in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frame is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Frame attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frame takes.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1101 North Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Saif Rehman specializes in adult nephrology. In his practice, Dr. Rehman focuses on hemodialysis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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

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

Dr. Veronica Figueroa, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Figueroa takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Figueroa (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Figueroa is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Conrado Talampas' medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Talampas accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and then went on to complete his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Talampas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Alexis Rojas is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Rojas is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. For his residency, Dr. Rojas trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. His average patient rating is 3.5 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.

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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 general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Denardis studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Denardis takes. He speaks 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 works as a general OB/GYN. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at St. John Providence Health System, Dr. Palazzolo attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Palazzolo 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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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.