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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
766 N Sun Drive; Suite 2060
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Victor Roberts is an endocrinologist. Dr. Roberts's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Roberts include diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roberts takes. Dr. Roberts attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Pothen Cherian Koruth, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
758 N Sun Drive; Street #104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Koruth practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Koruth a rating of 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. Koruth takes. He studied medicine at Calicut Medical College. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Zia E Fatemi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Zia Fatemi works as an internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fatemi 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 Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Fatemi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Fatemi is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward J Magee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
910 Williston Park Point; Suite #2050
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Edward Magee specializes in family medicine and practices in Lake Mary, FL. Dr. Magee is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Florida Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Kristy Jo Magee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
910 Williston Park Point; Suite 2050
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kristy Magee is a family practitioner in Lake Mary, FL and Sanford, FL. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Magee 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. Magee is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Florida Hospital's residency program.

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Dr. Gary Wayne Snell, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
712 W. 25th Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Gary Snell is a family medicine physician in Sanford, FL. Dr. Snell is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Snell trained at Miami Valley Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Farideh Zadeh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh 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. She trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center for her residency. She speaks Persian. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Vinay Chandra Srivastava, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1621 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Vinay Srivastava sees patients in Sanford, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Srivastava is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. After attending King George Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Srivastava accepts.

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

Dr. Sukhinder Kumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1001 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Sukhinder Joshi specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 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. Joshi's training includes a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Joshi is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Respiratory Infection, Diabetes

Dr. Pontenciano D Gonzales Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
62 Spring Vista Drive
Debary, FL
 

Dr. Pontenciano Gonzales practices family medicine in Debary, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzales honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gonzales (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Manpreet Kaur Gill, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2209 S. French Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Manpreet Gill works as a family practice physician in Sanford, FL. Dr. Gill 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. She attended medical school at Albany Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Gill trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Gill (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Punjabi. Dr. Gill is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Immunization, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Removal of Skin Lesion, Digital X-ray, Laceration Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashwinkumar R Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 106
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Ashwinkumar Patel is a Sanford, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for his residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes

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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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