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We found 25 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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Aggarwal is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aggarwal include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College and a graduate of Lutheran Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) is conversant in Greek, Polish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Vasta specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Vasta is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Clinical interests for Dr. Vasta include diabetes and joint injections. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vasta (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Liver Function Tests, Urinalysis, Diabetes, Lipid Profile, Blood Pressure Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alok Kumar's specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Kumar's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kumar graduated from Patna Medical College. He trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Kumar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Amy Strobbe specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 works as a family practice physician in Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Richey, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cryotherapy, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Greenfield is affiliated with Family Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at the University Community Hospital, Tampa. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ivan Ramos practices general internal medicine in New Port Richey, FL. Before completing his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Ramos attended medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, biofeedback, and sleep apnea. Dr. Ramos is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ramos speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Edward Capone is a family practitioner in Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. Patients gave Dr. Capone an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He 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 his residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Capone attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Bharat Desai is an adult pulmonologist in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Patients rated Dr. Desai highly, giving Dr. Desai an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Desai's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai takes. Dr. Desai studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Desai completed Dr. Desai's residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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All Interests: Immunization, Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Excision of Skin Lesion, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nicholas Strobbe works as an internist in Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Strobbe trained at Largo Medical Center for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Strobbe is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Injuries

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

Dr. Rose Langer sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Before performing her residency at United Family Medicine Program, Dr. Langer attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare HSA, and more.

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

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

Dr. Michael Strobbe is a general internist. The average patient rating for Dr. Strobbe is 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Strobbe's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strobbe accepts. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. Dr. Strobbe has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Strobbe (or staff) speaks Croatian, Sign Language, and 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 works as an internist in New Port Richey, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hasan include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and sleep apnea. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hasan is a graduate of Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Hasan completed a residency program at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Hasan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ehab Michael's specialty is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Michael studied medicine at Tanta University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Frank Lastra practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lastra include back pain, diabetes, and cryotherapy. Patient ratings for Dr. Lastra average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Matthew Martin Menosky, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
7515 State Road 52
Bayonet Point, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Menosky practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Menosky's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Menosky attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Menosky average 3.0 stars out of 5. He 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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Dr. Veselin Stoyanov Stoyanov, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7633 Cita Lane
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Veselin Stoyanov practices family medicine in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Dr. Stoyanov's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stoyanov include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and general care. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stoyanov graduated from Medical University of Sofia. For his professional training, Dr. Stoyanov completed a residency program at Southside Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Stoyanov (or staff) speaks Bulgarian and Russian.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, General Care

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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.