We found 15 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Oldsmar, FL.

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Dr. Jerry Drucker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite C
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jerry Drucker's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, he completed his residency training at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Dana Madison Deupree, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 120
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Dana Deupree's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is rated highly by his patients. In Dr. Deupree's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Deupree studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Laura Tonjes Muller, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Laura Muller is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Muller's clinical interests encompass diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muller takes 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: Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

Dr. Robert Neil Shobe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Shobe specializes in general internal medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shobe honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Shobe is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shobe completed a residency program at Allegheny General Hospital. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

Dr. Kathleen Louise Peditto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Countryside Iii Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Peditto's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and shingles. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. Dr. Peditto's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

Dr. Maria Del Pilar D Cekan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12780 Race Track Road; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Maria Cekan is a family practitioner in Tampa, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. Dr. Cekan's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She graduated from the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Cekan trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Cekan 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.

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All Interests: Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
3180 Curlew Road; Unit 105
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera sees patients in Oldsmar, FL. His medical specialty is adult pulmonology. After attending the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Linares-Mera completed his residency training at Elmhurst Hospital Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Thoracentesis, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Saleemuddin I Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
13618 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Saiyad's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Dunedin, FL, Tampa, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Tampa Community Hospital. Dr. Saiyad 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 is a graduate of B.J. Medical College. Dr. Saiyad completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

Dr. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
35020 Us Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines' specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Clinical interests for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines honors 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 and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Mines speaks French. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Bindu A Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 404
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Bindu Thomas' area of specialization is general internal medicine. She attended medical school at New York Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Geriatric Health

Dr. Thomas Jude Ullo, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Palm Harbor Family Care & Internal Medicine Suite 11
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Ullo's area of specialization is family medicine. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. His medical residency was performed at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Ullo has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. He is rated highly by his patients. 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. Ullo speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Geriatric Health

Dr. James M Swoager, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Countryside Ii Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. James Swoager works as a family practitioner. Dr. Swoager's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, shingles, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). His professional affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Swoager's residency was performed at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Joint Injections

Dr. Danny Morgan Fox II, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
120 Pine Avenue North
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Danny Fox sees patients in Oldsmar, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Fox is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin 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. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Bayfront Medical Center's residency program.

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Dr. Laura Burns Gaffney, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Laura Gaffney works as an internist and general pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaffney include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. She 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. Gaffney obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Vidya Sagar, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2196 Main Street; Tower Oak Plaza Suite H
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Vidya Sagar sees patients in Dunedin, FL. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sagar graduated from Armed Forces Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin 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.
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