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We found 19 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Weston, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code F20
Weston, FL
 

Dr. A. Kennedy's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Kennedy graduated from Queen's University Belfast. His residency was performed at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. His areas of expertise include the following: amenorrhea (missed periods), adrenal cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kennedy include: Cleveland Super Doctors; Award as Exemplary Teacher, University of Florida; and Honeyman-Gillespie Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Kennedy's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Jose Maireni Cabral, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Jose Cabral is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid ultrasound, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Cabral is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cabral graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Fellow, American College of Endocrinology.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dalia McCoy's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. McCoy is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include warts, acne, and colorectal cancer. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McCoy completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 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. McCoy honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Cellulitis, Hypertension, Dementia, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Cancer, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Darby Sider's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and cancer screening. Dr. Sider is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sider graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sider include: Fellow, American College of Physicians; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; and The Jose Muniz MD Best Teacher Award.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sports Health, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Schnickel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnickel is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Reino attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Surafel Kebede Gebreselassie, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Q7
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Gebreselassie highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Gebreselassie is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gabriel Gavrilescu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Gavrilescu specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Weston, FL. He graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then he performed his residency at Resurrection Medical Center. Dr. Gavrilescu's areas of expertise include depression, shortness of breath (dyspnea), and metabolic syndrome. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gavrilescu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Romanian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Bronchitis, Cellulitis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Influenza, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1825 North Corporate Lakes Boulevard; Mail Code Weston Family
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Bonilla is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bonilla include warts, heart problems, and acne. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bonilla attended medical school at El Bosque University, Colombian School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bonilla trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Bonilla (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Cellulitis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sports Physicals, Dementia, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Vincent Avallone Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code 4th Flr Clinic
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Avallone practices general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Avallone completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, executive health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Avallone accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Avallone include: Castle-Connolly America's Top Physicians and Teacher of the Year in Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Executive Health, Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Robert Piloto's specialty is general internal medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Patient reviews placed Dr. Piloto at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Piloto attended medical school at Ibero-American University (UNIBE). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Piloto is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Diabetes Management, Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1825 N Corporate Lakes Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Hermann Stubbe's specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Stubbe is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and breast pain. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Stubbe is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Breast Pain, Cryosurgery, Cellulitis, Herpes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Esteban Gallego's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Gallego honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Gallego speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallego is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, General Care, Asthma, Preventive Care

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1825 N Corporate Lakes Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Angelica Rodriguez's area of specialization is family medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, breast pain, and acne. Dr. Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She 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. Rodriguez attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University for residency. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Breast Pain, Cryosurgery, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cellulitis, Contraception, Spinal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal specializes in adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Agrawal 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. Her residency was performed at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1825 North Corporate Lakes Boulevard; Mail Code Weston Family
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Russell's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Russell studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He trained at Sharp HealthCare and Stanford University Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and depression. Dr. Russell is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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.