We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna HMO near Zephyrhills, FL.

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Dr. Ambreen Syed Alam, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Ambreen Alam is a family practitioner. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Alam's training includes a residency program at Broward Health. Her clinical interests encompass gynecological problems, diabetes, and preventive care. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alam accepts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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Dr. Christopher Garcia, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Christopher Garcia's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Garcia accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Morayma Martinez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6836 Medical View Lane
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Morayma Martinez is an internist. Her clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Martinez is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Luis A Melendez-Collazo, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Luis Melendez-Collazo is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist in Zephyrhills, FL. Dr. Melendez-Collazo's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Melendez-Collazo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna Elect Choice, and 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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