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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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sainz De La Pena is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sainz De La Pena's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Jon Dipietro works as a general practitioner and preventive medicine specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Dipietro is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Dipietro include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dipietro attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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 sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and general care. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Castellano honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Castellano is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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

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

Dr. Nyree Bryant practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Bryant's clinical interests: diabetes, preventive care, and blood pressure problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bryant honors. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bryant is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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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.