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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept TRICARE near Lake Mary, FL.

Dr. Pothen Cherian Koruth, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
758 N Sun Drive; Street #104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Koruth is a general internist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Koruth 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. Koruth attended medical school at Calicut Medical College.

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Dr. Zia E Fatemi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Zia Fatemi works as a general internist. Dr. Fatemi is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fatemi attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Fatemi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Fuad Afzal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1355 S International Parkway; Suite 1451
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Fuad Afzal works as an adult nephrologist in Altamonte Springs, FL, Lake Mary, FL, and Apopka, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health. 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 Allama Iqbal Medical College, Dr. Afzal performed his residency at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Dr. Afzal (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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Dr. Madhavi Uppalapati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 S International Parkway; Suite 1001
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Madhavi Uppalapati's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Uppalapati a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Uppalapati is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Farideh Zadeh sees patients in Lake Mary, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Zadeh an average rating of 3.5 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. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional 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.