We found 26 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Catastrophic HMO PD near Port Richey, FL.

Dr. Shiv Kumar Aggarwal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5522 Trouble Creek; Suite 100
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Shiv Aggarwal is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Aggarwal include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Greek, Polish, and Hindi.

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Dr. Alok Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
5453 Gulf Drive; Suite 3
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Alok Kumar is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Kumar focuses on sleep apnea. Dr. Kumar's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Patna Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Kumar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Kumar's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Ivan Alexandro Ramos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11910 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ivan Ramos practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ramos has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramos include alcohol abuse, biofeedback, and sleep apnea. Coventry, Aetna, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramos accepts. After attending National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vasta, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3633 Little Road; Suite 101
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Vasta is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Vasta has a special interest in diabetes and joint injections. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Vasta attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Vasta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Sign Language and Spanish.

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Dr. Amy Marie Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9238 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Amy Strobbe practices general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. She honors 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 Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Strobbe trained at Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: PET Scan, Hypertension, Physical Therapy Treatment, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, MRI, CT Scan

Dr. Adam Scott Greenfield, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10806 Us Hwy 19; Suite 102a
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Adam Greenfield's specialty is family medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Greenfield's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. 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. Greenfield attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Community Hospital, Tampa for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Family Medical Center.

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Dr. Rose Marie Langer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1806 Short Branch Drive; Suite 101
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Rose Langer specializes in family medicine and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Langer graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at United Family Medicine Program.

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All Interests: Menopause, Headache, Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Gout, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Anthony Capone, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
11528 Us Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Edward Capone practices family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Capone include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Capone is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Capone trained at Largo Medical Center. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Dr. Nicholas Dale Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9238 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Strobbe practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe 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 Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Injuries

Dr. Bharat M Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8140 Picton Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Bharat Desai's specialty is adult pulmonology. Patient ratings for Dr. Desai average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Desai is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, Dr. Desai completed Dr. Desai's residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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Dr. Michael Steven Strobbe, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9238 Us Hwy 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Michael Strobbe's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Largo Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strobbe include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Strobbe honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Strobbe (or staff) speaks Croatian, Sign Language, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Dr. Ehab Mounir Michael, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5411 Grand Boulevard; Suite 101
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ehab Michael's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Michael has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Tanta University Faculty of Medicine.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Diabetes, Obesity, Emphysema, Asthma, Injuries

Dr. Frank A Lastra, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8601 Easthaven Court
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Frank Lastra works as a family medicine practitioner. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lastra include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. 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. Dr. Lastra attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Andrew Michael Gellady, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
5323 Grand Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Gellady is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gellady include diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). The average patient rating for Dr. Gellady is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Gellady's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Family Medical Center.

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Dr. Daniel Hector Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3531 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Rodriguez's specialty is family medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Rodriguez honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Syed Nadeem Hasan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6115 State Road 54; Suite 100
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Syed Hasan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Hasan's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and sleep apnea. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hasan (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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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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