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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 specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Drucker include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist. 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. She attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. 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. Laura Tonjes Muller, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Laura Muller practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Oldsmar, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 residency. Her hospital/clinic 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. 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. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shobe's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. 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. His education and training includes medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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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's specialty is family medicine. She 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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cekan 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. In addition to English, she 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 is a general internist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Delgado has a special interest in back pain, diabetes, and estrogen replacement therapy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mountainside Hospital for residency. Dr. Delgado speaks Spanish. He 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 practices adult pulmonology in Oldsmar, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linares-Mera include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Linares-Mera is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Dr. Linares-Mera attended medical school at the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. His training includes a residency program at Conemaugh Health System. These areas are among Dr. Laguna's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Laguna takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in 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. Hans Albrecht Langschwager, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2595 Tampa Road; Suite 1c
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Hans Langschwager works as an internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Langschwager's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, trigger point injections, and toenail removal surgery. 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. He attended National University of San Marcos and then went on to complete his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. In addition to English, Dr. Langschwager (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Spanish, and French. His 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. 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Peditto average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and shingles. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin 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. Her education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Lankenau Medical Center.

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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 works as a retina specialist. He is conversant in French. Clinical interests for Dr. Mines include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Mines attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines 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.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taunk takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For her residency, Dr. Taunk trained at Harlem Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Taunk (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Taunk is 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. Saleemuddin Imtyazuddin Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
13618 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Saiyad's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. Dr. Saiyad's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Tampa Community Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saiyad graduated from B.J. Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Saiyad trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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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 is a Safety Harbor, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Morales attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and State University of New York (SUNY) for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and cryotherapy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morales honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag 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. Dr. Lewis-Serag's education and training includes medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin 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.