We found 18 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 specializes in adult endocrinology. He studied medicine at Queen's University Belfast. His medical residency was performed at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), amenorrhea (missed periods), and adrenal cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kennedy has received distinctions including Cleveland Super Doctors; Award as Exemplary Teacher, University of Florida; and Honeyman-Gillespie Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational 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; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Jose Cabral works as an adult endocrinologist in Weston, FL. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cabral has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid ultrasound, and thyroid cancer. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Cabral's training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating 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. Cabral takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Cabral include: 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 practices family medicine in Weston, FL. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. McCoy's clinical interests: warts, acne, and colorectal cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCoy accepts. Dr. McCoy is a graduate of Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McCoy completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Darby Sider's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sider's areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She 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. After completing medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, she performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sider has received 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)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Reino include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Reino is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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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. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Clinical interests for Dr. Schnickel include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnickel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Q7
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gebreselassie's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He honors 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 Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Dr. Gebreselassie performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Gabriel Gavrilescu works as an internist and geriatrician in Weston, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Gavrilescu average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gavrilescu's areas of expertise include depression, shortness of breath (dyspnea), and metabolic syndrome. He 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. He attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school and subsequently trained at Resurrection Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Gavrilescu speaks Romanian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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 Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Bonilla practices family medicine. Dr. Bonilla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, heart problems, and acne. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He attended medical school at El Bosque University, Colombian School of Medicine. Dr. Bonilla completed his residency training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Cellulitis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sports Physicals, Dementia, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (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 type 2 diabetes. She 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. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed residency programs at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

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

Dr. Hermann Stubbe's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Stubbe include warts, cryotherapy, and breast pain. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He 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. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. Dr. Stubbe is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

All Interests: Warts, Breast Pain, Cryosurgery, Type 1 Diabetes, Cellulitis, Herpes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Piloto's area of specialization 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Ibero-American University (UNIBE). For his professional training, Dr. Piloto completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code 4th Flr Clinic
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Avallone works as an internist. In Dr. Avallone's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, executive health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Avallone honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Avallone include: Castle-Connolly America's Top Physicians and Teacher of the Year in Internal Medicine.

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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; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Esteban Gallego works as a general internist in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Gallego has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Gallego attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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 is a family practice physician. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of expertise include cryotherapy, breast pain, and acne. She is rated highly by her patients. She 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. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes

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

Dr. Rolando Perez practices general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Perez highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez takes. Dr. Perez's medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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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.