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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 practices adult endocrinology in Palm Harbor, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. Dr. Drucker is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He 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. Drucker obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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

Dr. Dana Deupree is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in Clearwater, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Deupree is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Deupree studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network 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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Dr. Laura Tonjes Muller, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3155 Curlew Road
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Laura Muller's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Muller is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Kurt Bryan Repke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
646 Virginia Street; 5th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Repke is an ophthalmologist in Dunedin, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Repke's areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and 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. Repke accepts. Dr. Repke studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Repke completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He speaks Spanish.

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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 attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. Dr. Shobe has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shobe's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Diabetes, Shingles

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

Dr. Reinerio Linares-Mera's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Linares-Mera include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) speaks 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. Kathleen Louise Peditto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 103
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Peditto works as a general internist. Dr. Peditto has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and shingles. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Lankenau Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto 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: Diabetes, Shingles

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 the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Mines average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mines 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. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is conversant in French. Dr. Mines is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Derrick Joseph Borecky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
646 Virginia Street; Suite 204
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Derrick Borecky's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Borecky include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Saleemuddin Imtyazuddin Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, 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. Dr. Saiyad takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Saiyad attended medical school at B.J. Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks 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. Bindu Ann Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 404
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Bindu Thomas' specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Thomas is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas takes. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Thomas attended New York Medical College for medical school. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Laura Gaffney's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Gaffney attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Gaffney's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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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 is a family medicine physician in Palm Harbor, FL. In his practice, Dr. Ullo focuses on diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Ullo 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. Ullo honors. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. For his professional training, Dr. Ullo completed a residency program at Bayfront Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ullo is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. James Swoager specializes in family medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, shingles, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Swoager's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Swoager completed a residency program at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. Dr. Swoager 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. Don H Bercuson, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Don Bercuson is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Dunedin, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bercuson include diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bercuson's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Percy Bracamonte specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Bracamonte's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Bracamonte is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. For his professional training, Dr. Bracamonte completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. He 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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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.