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We found 39 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueOptions All Copay 1505 near Oldsmar, FL.

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

Dr. Jerry Drucker is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Drucker's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Shingles, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dana Deupree is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Patients rated Dr. Deupree highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. 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 attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Laura Muller is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Muller studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for her residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. Dr. Muller has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. 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. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Shobe is a general internist. He has a special interest in diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shobe takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

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

Dr. Maria Cekan practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Cekan's clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. 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. She studied medicine at the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Cekan speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

Dr. Ricardo Santiago Delgado, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
34041 Us Highway 19 North; Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Delgado is an internist in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Delgado's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Delgado include back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. He 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 Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Delgado is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Diabetes, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease

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

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera is an adult pulmonologist. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linares-Mera include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Linares-Mera's medical residency was performed at Elmhurst Hospital Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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

Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Laguna 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Hans Albrecht Langschwager, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite 1c
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Hans Langschwager's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Langschwager's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended National University of San Marcos and then went on to complete his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. In addition to English, Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Toenail Removal Surgery

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

Dr. Kathleen Peditto is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes and shingles. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto 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. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. Dr. Peditto is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

Dr. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
35020 Us Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, 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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All Interests: Scleral Buckle, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pankajkumar Kirtikumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite D
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi is a general internist. Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After attending B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school, he completed his residency training at Woodhull Medical Center. Dr. Joshi's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Holter Monitoring, Hospital Care, Geriatric Health

Dr. Vijay L Taunk, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite K
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Vijay Taunk is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Taunk include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Dr. Taunk 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. Her residency was performed at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Taunk (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Holter Monitoring

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

Dr. Saleem Saiyad specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Saiyad attended B.J. Medical College for medical school. His clinical interests include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Saiyad is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

Dr. Santiago D Morales Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 408
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Santiago Morales specializes in family medicine and practices in Safety Harbor, FL. These areas are among Dr. Morales's clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and cryotherapy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Morales attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and State University of New York (SUNY) for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Morales is professionally affiliated with 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.