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, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. Dr. Drucker is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 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. Drucker accepts.

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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, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Deupree is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. He accepts 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. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Macular Hole, Retina Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Laura Muller works as an ophthalmologist in Oldsmar, FL. Dr. Muller's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muller accepts 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. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan's specialty is general internal medicine. 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. Ananthakrishnan's education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is 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. Ricardo Santiago Delgado, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
34041 Us Highway 19 North; Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Delgado practices general internal medicine in Palm Harbor, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. Dr. Delgado's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Delgado graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Delgado is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Diabetes, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Laguna's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at Conemaugh Health System. Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Maria Del Pilar D Cekan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12780 Race Track Road; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Maria Cekan practices family medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. Dr. Cekan honors 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 the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Cekan attended the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She 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. Reinerio Linares-Mera, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
3180 Curlew Road; Unit 105
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera's specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Linares-Mera has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Linares-Mera takes. He is a graduate of the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Linares-Mera trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi is an internist in Palm Harbor, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Joshi's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and residency at Woodhull Medical Center. Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Hans Langschwager practices general internal medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Langschwager average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Langschwager accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, he performed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bosnian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Langschwager is 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. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
35020 Us Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Before completing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Mines attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. On average, patients gave Dr. Mines a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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, Dr. Mines speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Kathleen Louise Peditto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Countryside Iii Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Peditto's specialty is general internal medicine. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and shingles. Dr. Peditto is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Peditto honors 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 completed her residency training at Lankenau Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

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. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Thomas attended New York Medical College for medical school. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Amanda Man Wu, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4028 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Amanda Wu practices family medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Wu's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Henan Medical University. Her residency was performed at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Wu speaks Chinese. Dr. Wu's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Holter Monitoring, Endometrial Biopsy, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Alvarez, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1700 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite C3
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Alvarez works as a family medicine physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alvarez include diabetes, geriatric health, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with Morton Plant 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 completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Alvarez speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Vijay Taunk specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Taunk average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taunk's clinical interests include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Her professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taunk honors. For her residency, Dr. Taunk trained at Harlem Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Taunk (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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

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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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