We found 50 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Paul Dimarco practices adult endocrinology in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. He is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. 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. Dimarco attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Budharaju has a 4.0 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. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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

Dr. Cesar Lara works as a family practitioner. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 260
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley works as an ophthalmologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Dr. Sibley's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Meharry Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. He is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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

Dr. Nicole Michelle Killian, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Bishko specializes in general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Bishko attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Bishko's clinical interests: diabetes and preventive care. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Rophie's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. 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 is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Mount Carmel Health System's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Rophie speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Keene's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Keene is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Yamani's clinical interests: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College, Dr. Yamani performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Yamani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digby include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. She 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 attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Digby completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Digby's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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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 specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Mines's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Mines completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a general internist in Clearwater, FL. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. On average, patients gave Dr. Ramirez-Ortega a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Ali Saifi works as a general internist in Clearwater, FL. Before performing his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Dr. Saifi attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saifi include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 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. Saifi accepts. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Portuguese. Dr. Saifi is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Benjamin R Devries, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. Dr. Devries honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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

Dr. Anup Desai is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Dr. Desai is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, he performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Desai 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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Dr. Joseph Howard Rosin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Rosin works as an internist and geriatrician in Largo, FL. Dr. Rosin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. Before performing his residency at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, Dr. Rosin attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rosin's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Diagnostic Clinic, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Kiritkumar D Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7047 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Kiritkumar Patel specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. Before completing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Government Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Patel speaks Indian Languages. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Diabetes, Geriatric Health

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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.
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