We found 17 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Palm Harbor, FL.

Dr. Jerry Drucker, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
34041 Us Highway 19 N; Suite C
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jerry Drucker is a Palm Harbor, FL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Drucker include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone diseases. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Drucker 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. Dr. Drucker attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Laura Muller works as an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muller include diabetes, laser surgery, and cornea problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Muller average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muller 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Muller attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. 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, Cataracts

Dr. Dana Madison Deupree, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite120
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Dana Deupree is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree 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 graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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's specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Linares-Mera accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. 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. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
35020 Us Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines takes 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 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Mines is professionally 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. Kurt Bryan Repke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
646 Virginia Street; 5th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Repke is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Dunedin, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Repke include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Repke is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Kathleen Peditto works as an internist. She has a special interest in diabetes and shingles. Dr. Peditto is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peditto honors. She 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. Bindu A Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 404
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Bindu Thomas practices general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thomas include diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Thomas performed her residency at Yale-New Haven 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.

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All Interests: Ear Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Electrocardiogram, Geriatric Health

Dr. Saleemuddin I Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Saiyad is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He obtained his medical school training at B.J. Medical College and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His areas of expertise include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saiyad accepts. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. He 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. Thomas Jude Ullo, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Palm Harbor Family Care & Internal Medicine Suite 11
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Ullo's specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ullo include diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and 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. Ullo accepts. After completing medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Dr. Ullo performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Geriatric Health

Dr. James M Swoager, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3251 Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. James Swoager practices family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, shingles, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). On average, patients gave Dr. Swoager a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Swoager takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Joint Injections

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. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. Dr. Shobe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic. He accepts 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 West Virginia University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

Dr. Laura Burns Gaffney, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Laura Gaffney is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaffney include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gaffney attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Gaffney is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Dunedin, FL. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Jersey City Medical Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Bracamonte include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Dr. Bracamonte is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 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. Bracamonte honors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bracamonte is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Vidya Sagar, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Vidya Sagar specializes in adult nephrology. These areas are among Dr. Sagar's clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. 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. He studied medicine at Armed Forces Medical College. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Don H Bercuson, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Don Bercuson specializes in adult infectious disease. He has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bercuson is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bercuson's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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All Interests: Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Shingles, HIV/AIDS, 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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