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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's specialty is adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Drucker include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Drucker honors 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 Medical College of Wisconsin. His training includes residency programs at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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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's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Deupree include diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Deupree 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Muller include diabetes, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. Dr. Muller 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. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Muller attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. 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. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Ananthakrishnan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shobe has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shobe accepts. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital.

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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 specializes in family medicine. 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. Her areas of expertise consist of 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. Dr. Cekan speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Delgado include back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. Dr. Delgado is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Delgado honors. Before performing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital, Dr. Delgado attended Central University of the East School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Delgado is 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 sees patients in Oldsmar, FL. His medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linares-Mera include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Before completing his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Dr. Linares-Mera attended medical school at the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition to English, 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. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Laguna has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laguna honors. For his residency, Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laguna is professionally 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 practices general internal medicine in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Langschwager is a graduate of National University of San Marcos and a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia's residency program. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langschwager honors. In addition to English, Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Peditto's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and shingles. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts 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. For her professional training, Dr. Peditto completed a residency program at Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Peditto's professional affiliations include 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. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. His areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines is rated highly by his patients. 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, he speaks French. Dr. Mines is 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. 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. She completed her residency training at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Taunk's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taunk 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. Taunk (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Her professional affiliations include 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, who practices in Dunedin, FL, Tampa, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saiyad 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. He attended medical school at 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) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Saiyad is 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. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and cryotherapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morales accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and State University of New York (SUNY) and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Morales is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin 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 Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. Dr. Lewis-Serag's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Lewis-Serag trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis-Serag is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (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.