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We found 57 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. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. Dr. Dimarco's professional affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Dimarco is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). 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. Dr. Patel studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. He completed his residency training 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. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lara has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lara attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for residency. Dr. Lara (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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). Patient reviews placed Dr. Rosin at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosin include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. He is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Rosin 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 attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital.

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

Dr. Anup Desai's specialty is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Dr. Desai accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai attended Government Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in 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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Rao 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. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her professional 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 an internist. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Tan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein works as a family practitioner. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Finkelstein graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Dr. Beth Lynn Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12046 Indian Rocks Road; Indian Rocks Family Practice Suite 103
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Beth Carlson specializes in family medicine and practices in Largo, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Carlson is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Carlson 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. Dr. Carlson attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete Dr. Carlson's residency at Bayfront Medical Center.

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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 ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sibley at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Sibley attended Meharry Medical College for medical school.

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All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

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

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Patient ratings for Dr. Saifi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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.

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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 vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Mines's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. 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 graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mines trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. He is conversant in French. Dr. Mines is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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 is a legal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Clearwater, FL. After attending Kishinev State Medical Institute for medical school, she completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. Dr. Shnitser accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shnitser (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Shnitser is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan sees patients in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mahajan's areas of expertise include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Mahajan performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Mahajan is 4.0 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. Mahajan accepts.

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Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kanaan's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. Dr. Kanaan graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he 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. Kush K Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 310
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kush Patel works as a general internist. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at UHS Wilson Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include diabetes, cryotherapy, and sexual dysfunction. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patel is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northside Hospital and Morton Plant 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.