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We found 42 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Trinity, FL.

Dr. Talal Faris, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1815 A Healthcare Drive; Building 5
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Talal Faris, who practices in Hudson, FL, Trinity, FL, and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. These areas are among Dr. Faris's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Faris is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Faris (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Shiv Kumar Aggarwal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5522 Trouble Creek Road; Suite 100
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Shiv Aggarwal's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Aggarwal has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. 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. Aggarwal is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College. His residency was performed at Lutheran Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Greek, Polish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vasta, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2043 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Vasta practices general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Vasta is especially interested in diabetes and joint injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vasta (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish.

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All Interests: Liver Function Tests, Urinalysis, Diabetes, Lipid Profile, Blood Pressure Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Najam Javeed, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4740 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Najam Javeed practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Javeed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. He is especially interested in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and carotid ultrasound. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Javeed performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Javeed takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfonzo Alfonso Ruiz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8813 River Crossing Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Esteban Ruiz practices general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruiz's areas of expertise include diabetes, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and pap test. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruiz accepts. Dr. Ruiz attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Franklin Square Hospital Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Echocardiogram, Diabetes, Nerve Conduction Studies, Pulmonary Function ... (Read more)

Dr. Alok Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
5453 Gulf Drive; Suite 3
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Alok Kumar is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kumar's clinical interests include sleep apnea. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Patna Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Kumar trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Kumar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Usha Agarwal, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3543 Little Road; Suite B
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Usha Agarwal is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Her average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and tropical diseases. Dr. Agarwal 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. After attending Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Agarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2 Unit 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel works as an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Patel attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. 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: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Scott Greenfield, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2208 Duckslough Boulevard
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Adam Greenfield practices family medicine in Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Greenfield has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, cryotherapy, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with Family Medical Center. He honors 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Community Hospital, Tampa. Dr. Greenfield speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahina Javeed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4904 Moog Road
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Shahina Javeed's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Holiday, FL and Tampa, FL. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Javeed takes. Her education and training includes medical school at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and residency at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark. In addition to English, Dr. Javeed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Alfred Shih-Tai Lee, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5307 Main Street; Suite 105
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Alfred Lee practices general internal medicine. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Depression, Headache, Heartburn, Dizziness, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas Allen Wert, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4648 Grand Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Wert practices general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Wert is 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cryotherapy, and trigger point injections. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Dr. Wert attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He speaks French.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Holter Monitoring, Parkinson's Disease, Biopsy, Heart Problems, Dermatitis, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat M Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8140 Picton Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Bharat Desai, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Desai has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Desai's patients. These areas are among Dr. Desai's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Desai takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Desai obtained Dr. Desai's medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed Dr. Desai's residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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All Interests: Immunization, Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Excision of Skin Lesion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hayath Javeed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4904 Moog Road
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Hayath Javeed is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Javeed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Indian Languages. Dr. Javeed's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, nutrition counseling, and lupus. He obtained his medical school training at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College and performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. He accepts 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. Norma Bernardina Sanchez-Herrera, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5340 Gulf Drive; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Norma Sanchez practices family medicine in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. Before performing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Sanchez attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanchez honors.

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Dr. Jordan Terrell Young Pa, BS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Suite 202, Office of Dr. Jordan Young; 9332 State Rd 54
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jordan Young's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Young is a graduate of Medical University of the Americas. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with East Carolina University. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.