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's specialty is general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Maulana Azad Medical College and performed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. Dr. Aggarwal's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 specializes in adult pulmonology. Before performing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Kumar attended Patna Medical College for medical school. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sleep apnea. Dr. Kumar's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kumar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kumar (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Ivan Ramos' area of specialization is general internal medicine. After completing medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena, Dr. Ramos performed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramos include alcohol abuse, biofeedback, and sleep apnea. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Aetna, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and joint injections. Dr. Vasta 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Vasta attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vasta (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Amy Strobbe works as a general internist 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 is in-network for 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, Dr. Strobbe performed her residency at Largo Medical Center.

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

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. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, she performed her residency at United Family Medicine Program. Dr. Langer takes Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Adam Greenfield specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Patients gave Dr. Greenfield an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at the University Community Hospital, Tampa. Dr. Greenfield speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Family Medical Center.

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

Dr. Edward Capone's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Capone include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Capone's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Capone completed a residency program at Largo Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 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.

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

Dr. Bharat Desai, who practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Desai graduated from Medical College Baroda. For Dr. Desai's residency, Dr. Desai trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The average patient rating for Dr. Desai is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Desai honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

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

Dr. Michael Strobbe works as an internist in Port Richey, FL, Richey, FL, and Brooksville, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Patient ratings for Dr. Strobbe average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strobbe is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Strobbe is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. 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. Frank A Lastra, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8601 Easthaven Court
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Frank Lastra is a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lastra include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lastra 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 attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. Dr. Lastra 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 specialist in pediatric infectious disease. He works in New Port Richey, FL. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Gellady completed a residency program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. These areas are among Dr. Gellady's clinical interests: diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Gellady's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Rodriguez's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and nutrition counseling. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez takes. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rodriguez completed a residency program 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 works as an internist. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and sleep apnea. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hasan at an average of 4.0 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. Hasan's education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Hasan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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Dr. Jeffrey M Davis, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
4642 Darlington Road
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Davis' specialty is adolescent medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davis honors. Dr. Davis attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Monmouth Medical Center.

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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 works as a general internist. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Michael honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Tanta University Faculty of Medicine.

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

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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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