We found 39 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 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 area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. Dr. Drucker studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his professional training, Dr. Drucker completed residency programs at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. He 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. Maria Del Pilar D Cekan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12780 Race Track Road; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Maria Cekan's medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Cekan speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Cekan obtained her medical school training at the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is in-network for 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, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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

Dr. Laura Muller works as an ophthalmologist. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Muller is a graduate of 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 residency. Dr. Muller's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Cornea Problems, External Eye Diseases, Cataracts

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). His clinical interests encompass diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Dr. Deupree attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Oldsmar, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Linares-Mera takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in 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 works as an internist in Palm Harbor, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Joshi include diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Joshi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and performed his residency at Woodhull Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His education and training includes medical school at National University of San Marcos and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. Dr. Langschwager has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) is conversant in Bosnian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Langschwager's professional affiliations include 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 is a retina specialist. In addition to English, he speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Lenox Hill Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Mines is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines 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.

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

Dr. Kathleen Peditto specializes in general internal medicine. She obtained her medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed her residency at Lankenau Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Peditto include diabetes and shingles. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Peditto is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is an internist. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. She 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. Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended Stanley Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at UPMC Shadyside. In addition to English, she speaks Tamil and Malayalam.

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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. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. She is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Thomas attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Dr. Thomas 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: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Geriatric Health

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

Dr. Amanda Wu's medical specialty is family medicine. She is conversant in Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Wu is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing her residency at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Wu attended Henan Medical University for medical school. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Wu is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. William Alvarez specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Alvarez is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alvarez accepts. Dr. Alvarez is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he 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 is an internist in Palm Harbor, FL. Her residency was performed at Harlem Hospital Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Taunk include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Dr. Taunk is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. 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. She is professionally 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. Santiago D Morales Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 408
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Santiago Morales' specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Morales include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Morales is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Morales attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and State University of New York (SUNY). He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Morales accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and 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.
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