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 works as an endocrinologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Drucker is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drucker honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She 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. Dana Madison Deupree, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 120
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Dana Deupree sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is professionally affiliated with 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. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is especially interested in diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. 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. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a general internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laguna's 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. Robert Neil Shobe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Shobe's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shobe's areas of expertise include diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. 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. Dr. Shobe is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. He trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency.

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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. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cekan graduated from the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, 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. Ricardo Santiago Delgado, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
34041 Us Highway 19 North; Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Delgado works as a general internist. Before completing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital, Dr. Delgado attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Delgado has a special interest in back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Delgado 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. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Linares-Mera has a special interest in diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Linares-Mera's professional 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. Hans Albrecht Langschwager, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite 1c
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Hans Langschwager is a general internist. The average patient rating for Dr. Langschwager is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Langschwager has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Langschwager attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. For his professional training, Dr. Langschwager completed a residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Spanish, and French.

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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 practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Peditto's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and shingles. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
35020 Us Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag is a family practitioner. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Saleem Saiyad, who practices in Dunedin, FL, Tampa, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saiyad include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. Dr. Saiyad honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from B.J. Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Saiyad completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

Dr. Michael George Clemens, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Clemens' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Clemens is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clemens include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave Dr. Clemens an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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.

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

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Joshi's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Woodhull Medical Center, Dr. Joshi attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school. Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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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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