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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Medicare HMO near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Manuel C Sainz De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Manuel Sainz De La Pena's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Patients gave Dr. Sainz De La Pena an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He 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. Dr. Sainz De La Pena attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Norman Joseph Castellano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Norman Castellano specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Castellano include diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and general care. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Castellano attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, General Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Weight Management, X-Rays

Dr. Jon George Dipietro, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jon Dipietro is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Patient reviews placed Dr. Dipietro at an average of 4.5 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. In addition to English, Dr. Dipietro speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Preventive Care, X-Rays

Dr. Nyree Dawn Bryant, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7814 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nyree Bryant works as a family practitioner. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bryant include diabetes, preventive care, and blood pressure problems. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Bryant 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. Bryant studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Blood Pressure Problems, Preventive 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.