We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Largo, FL.

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
417 Corbett Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. Dr. Dimarco's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dimarco honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Lara's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lara honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is a specialist in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He works in Largo, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Patel's residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Dr. Joseph Howard Rosin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Rosin is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His clinical interests include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, Dr. Rosin attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein specializes in family medicine and practices in Seminole, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. After completing medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Finkelstein accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Anup Natwarlal Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Anup Desai is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. 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. Desai accepts. After attending Government Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi.

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Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 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. Rao takes. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is a graduate of International. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino.

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Dr. Natalie P Shnitser, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
611 Druid Road E; Suite 511
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Natalie Shnitser practices legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. Her areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Dr. Shnitser is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Shnitser attended Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shnitser accepts.

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Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Clearwater, FL. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Kanaan focuses on diabetes and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Kanaan's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kanaan obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French.

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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. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Sibley's clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. 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 is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. His medical residency was performed 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. Carl Suchar, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
613 S Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Carl Suchar, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Suchar's clinical interests include diabetes. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is conversant in French. Dr. Suchar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Saifi attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese.

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Dr. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines is a retina specialist. Dr. Mines's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Mines obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He speaks French.

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Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road North; #2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan is a general internist. Dr. Mahajan's areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahajan average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Mahajan trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialties are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. May takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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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.