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We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect All Copay 1457 near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Anthony Douglas Morrison, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5th Floor - Endocrinology, Usf Department of Internal Medicine; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. On average, patients gave Dr. Morrison a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morrison takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Murr attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Murr's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Murr has received professional recognition including the following: USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Valerie Eugenia Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33610
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), prenatal diagnosis, and telemedicine. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Whiteman graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 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. Her distinctions include: Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG. Dr. Whiteman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Telemedicine, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N N Aremenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. 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. Dr. Serrano obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox's medical specialty is general internal medicine and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Knox attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Knox honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association. Dr. Knox's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jayesh Shanalal Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2810 W Saint Isabel Street; Suite 101b
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jayesh Shah is an adult nephrology specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Shah is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and kidney problems. He 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. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Geriatric Health

Dr. Jose Ernesto Alvarez Bernal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7820 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Alvarez-Bernal's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alvarez-Bernal include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. For his professional training, Dr. Alvarez-Bernal completed residency programs at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alvarez-Bernal is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Weight Management, Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Denise Kalil Edwards, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Denise Edwards sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialties are adolescent medicine and general pediatrics. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among Dr. Edwards's clinical interests: bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Edwards accepts. Dr. Edwards is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain 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. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Stephen Mordecai Kreitzer I, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Kreitzer is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Kreitzer is especially interested in diabetes, sleep apnea, and spirometry. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kreitzer accepts. Dr. Kreitzer graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Spirometry

Dr. John Dewey Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 S Armenia Avenue; Suite 200
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Ramirez sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez include diabetes, holter monitoring, and angina. Dr. Ramirez accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Holter Monitoring, Pacemaker, Angina

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.