We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Sanford, FL.

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

Dr. Victor Roberts is an adult endocrinology specialist in Winter Park, FL and Lake Mary, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Roberts include diabetes. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Roberts attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Calicut Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Koruth average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koruth accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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

Dr. Edward Magee practices family medicine. Patients gave Dr. Magee an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Magee is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Florida Hospital.

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

Dr. Vinay Srivastava is a general internist in Sanford, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Srivastava is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Srivastava attended medical school at King George Medical University. He trained at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Magee is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Florida Hospital's residency program. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Magee 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. Zia E Fatemi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Zia Fatemi specializes in general internal medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Fatemi honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Fatemi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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

Dr. Gary Snell's medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Snell average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Miami Valley Hospital. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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

Dr. Sukhinder Joshi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. His training includes a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Joshi's average patient rating is 4.0 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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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Respiratory Infection, Diabetes

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

Dr. Pontenciano Gonzales practices family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzales is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He accepts 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. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzales (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish.

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

Dr. Manpreet Gill practices family medicine. Dr. Gill accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Gill (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Punjabi. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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

Dr. Farideh Zadeh works as an internist in Lake Mary, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is conversant in Persian.

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

Dr. Ashwinkumar Patel specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Sanford, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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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.