We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Gold HMO near Miami, FL.

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agrawal include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Agrawal completed her residency training at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Baruch Fox, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
606 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Fox's specialty is family medicine. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westchester General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Fox include diabetes, food allergy, and allergy testing. Dr. Fox's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Back Problems, Diabetes, Allergy Testing, Weight Loss

Dr. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Sw 24 St S/50-51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto is a general internist. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Prieto's clinical interests: bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Prieto speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Scoliosis, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. Alberto B Esquenazi, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Nephrology, Other
1402 Nw 7 Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alberto Esquenazi practices surgery and nephrology (kidney disease). After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Esquenazi completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Esquenazi has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Preventive Care

Dr. Stephanie Leigh Duncan-Garcia, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2701 Sw 3rd Avenue; Suite 101
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Stephanie Duncan-Garcia's area of specialization is family medicine. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Duncan-Garcia's areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), migraine, and depression. 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. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Duncan-Garcia attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Food Allergy, Migraine, Snoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4580 Sw 8th Street
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez is a general internist in Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Gonzalez's areas of expertise include knee problems, migraine, and depression. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of West Suburban Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Gonzalez is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Johannes Isaac Lopez, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3601 Nw 107 Avenue
Doral, FL
 

Dr. Johannes Lopez practices legal medicine and general pediatrics in Miami, FL and Doral, FL. Dr. Lopez has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. He is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Lopez attended medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. Dr. Lopez is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Pedro Ramon Caro, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
5850 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Caro sees patients in Miami, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital. Dr. Caro honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Caro speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Hypertension, Migraine, Spider Veins, Snoring, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis Plasencia, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8741 Coral Way
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Luis Plasencia specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Plasencia include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Plasencia takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Plasencia graduated from Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Thyroid Problems, Chronic ... (Read more)

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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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