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 practices adult endocrinology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. Dr. Drucker is professionally affiliated with 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. Drucker takes. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Drucker attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school.

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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 is a general internist in Palm Harbor, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. She 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. After attending Stanley Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ananthakrishnan completed her residency training at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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

Dr. Laura Muller sees patients in Oldsmar, FL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Dr. Muller's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Muller trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for her residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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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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 is a retina specialist in Clearwater, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deupree attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional 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. Dr. Linares-Mera has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. His 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. Robert Neil Shobe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Shobe's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shobe's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shobe include diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Allegheny General Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

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 speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Peditto's clinical interests: diabetes and shingles. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Peditto attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Peditto completed a residency program at Lankenau Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles

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

Dr. Maria Cekan sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and sleep apnea. Dr. Cekan is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She 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 the University of Murcia Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Cekan performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish.

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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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Delgado's practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital. Dr. Delgado speaks Spanish.

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

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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. Dr. Langschwager's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of National University of San Marcos and a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia's residency program. Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bosnian, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic 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. Saleemuddin Imtyazuddin Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
13618 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Saiyad is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Saiyad's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He takes 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 and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic 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. 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. In addition to English, he speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Mines's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts 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. Pankajkumar Kirtikumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite D
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Pankajkumar Joshi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Joshi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and holter monitoring. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Woodhull Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Joshi a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

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

Dr. Amanda Wu's specialty is family medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wu takes. After completing medical school at Henan Medical University, Dr. Wu performed her residency at North Shore University Hospital. She speaks Chinese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. William Alvarez's medical specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Alvarez is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alvarez include diabetes, geriatric health, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). 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. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant 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.
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