We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Tampa, FL.

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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 works as an endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Sainz De La Pena graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Sainz De La Pena speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children'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's areas of specialization are general practice and preventive medicine; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. Dr. Dipietro has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. The average patient rating for Dr. Dipietro is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dipietro is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Castellano's areas of expertise include diabetes, hemorrhoid banding, and general care. 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. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Long Island College Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Atul Rasikial Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3120 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Atul Shah is an adult gastroenterologist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and HIV/AIDS. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Calvert Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Seth G.S. Medical College, and King Edward Medical University, Dr. Shah performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, and Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Weight Management, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Geriatric Health

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

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is a specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Serrano 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. Serrano graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Reed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Reed attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Heritage Valley Beaver for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna.

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Dr. Cecilio Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4102 N Macdill Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cecilio Hernandez is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. After completing medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University, he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He has a special interest in diabetes. Dr. Hernandez takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

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

Dr. Nyree Bryant's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Bryant is especially interested in diabetes, preventive care, and blood pressure problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bryant is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Blood Pressure Problems, Preventive Care

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karon Locicero's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Locicero has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. 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. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Locicero is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Audiometry Test, Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

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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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