We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay HMO PD near Lutz, FL.

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Dr. Marty Wayne Odom, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16646 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marty Odom is a general internist. Patients gave Dr. Odom an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Odom is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Skin Issues, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. Dr. Patel's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsay include steroid injections, warts, and allergic contact dermatitis. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency. She honors 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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All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Bursitis, Contraception, Family ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among Dr. Choksi's clinical interests: heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. Dr. Choksi's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Babatola Adeagbo Durojaiye, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5381 Primrose Lake Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Babatola Durojaiye is an internist in Tampa, FL. After attending the University of Jos Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mountainside Hospital. Dr. Durojaiye has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Geriatric Health

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain specializes in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. McIlwain include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. McIlwain 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. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Imran Kayani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Imran Kayani is a family practice physician in Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Kayani is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Abib T Conteh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4211 Van Dyke Road; #101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Abib Conteh specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Conteh is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and epilepsy. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Conteh trained at Genessee Hospital for his residency. 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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All Interests: Tendonitis, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Epilepsy

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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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