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We found 16 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 physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Drucker's clinical interests include holter monitoring, pituitary disorders, and metabolic bone disease. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Drucker's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Patients rated Dr. Deupree highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser 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 medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Laura Muller is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Muller studied medicine at 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 her residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and laser surgery. Dr. Muller has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She 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. 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. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Repke'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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Robert Neil Shobe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Shobe is a general internist. He has a special interest in diabetes, shingles, and auto injuries. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shobe takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is an adult pulmonologist. Dr. Linares-Mera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linares-Mera include diabetes, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from the University of Cauca Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Linares-Mera's medical residency was performed at Elmhurst Hospital Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes and shingles. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Peditto 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. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. Dr. Peditto is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Mines's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. 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. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mines trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Borecky include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. His professional affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Bindu Ann Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 404
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Bindu Thomas is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and asthma. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She 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 is a graduate of New York Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Yale-New Haven 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 works as an internist and general pediatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaffney include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. She is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaffney accepts.

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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 specializes in family medicine. Dr. Ullo's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and alzheimer's disease. He 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 a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and a graduate of Bayfront Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ullo is conversant in Spanish. He 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swoager include diabetes, shingles, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Swoager obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. Dr. Swoager'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.

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

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

Dr. Percy Bracamonte's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Bracamonte include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. His medical residency was performed at Jersey City Medical Center. 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.

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

Dr. Vidya Sagar, who practices in Dunedin, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sagar studied medicine at Armed Forces Medical College. He 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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Dr. Don H Bercuson, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Don Bercuson specializes in adult infectious disease. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Bercuson has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions.

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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.