We found 39 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Bronze near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Ajay Varanasi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1615 S. Pasadena Avenue; Suite 290
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ajay Varanasi practices adult endocrinology. His professional affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside Hospital. 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. Varanasi studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Varanasi completed a residency program at Pennsylvania Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Govindan Potteth Nair, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4820 5th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Govindan Nair's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is conversant in French. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, pituitary disorders, and cryosurgery. Dr. Nair's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Nair completed a residency program at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Dr. Nair 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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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Tracheal Suctioning, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas J Robison, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
560 Jackson Street N; Suite 302
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Robison is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Robison is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Before performing his residency at Alachua General Hospital, Dr. Robison attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Robison average 4.5 stars out of 5. 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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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hazem Fuad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. His areas of expertise include hospital care. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Al-Andary attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lebanese and Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. George Anthony Figueroa, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1201 5th Avenue No; Suite 300
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Figueroa works as a family medicine physician. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. Dr. Figueroa is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Figueroa completed his residency training at Bayfront Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Biofeedback, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia A Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4200 54th Avenue S; Edmundson Hall
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Paganini include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at UNC Hospitals for her residency. Dr. Paganini accepts 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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All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Rao attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for her residency. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Meharry Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Sibley's clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patient ratings for Dr. Sibley average 3.0 stars out of 5. 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: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. Nandkishor Navnital Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nandkishor Shah's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His clinical interests encompass diabetes, general care, and alzheimer's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah accepts. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Shah speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Tumor, Abdominal Paracentesis, Electrocardiogram, Foreign Body Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and medical oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Desai's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. She 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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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya L Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri's specialties are adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. Dr. Cherukuri completed her residency training at Long Island College Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kunal V Amin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7477 9th Street N; Physician Office
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kunal Amin's area of specialization is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Amin's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Amin graduated from Medical University of the Americas. His residency was performed at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amin 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: Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Geriatric Health

Dr. Ramona M Arias, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
4880 49th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ramona Arias is an adult nephrology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Arias's clinical interests: diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and alzheimer's disease. 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. She obtained her medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed her residency at Conemaugh Health System. Dr. Arias speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashok Mittal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Mittal is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and a graduate of Grant Hospital of Chicago's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For her residency, Dr. Rao trained at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Dr. Rao is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Dr. Kimberly Ann Grill, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5425 Park Street North; Suite 5 W
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Grill's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Grill accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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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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