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Dr. Ania E Janicka, DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ania Janicka is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Janicka a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Janicka include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She obtained her medical school training at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Winthrop University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Janicka speaks Polish.

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

Dr. Jesus L Penabad, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jesus Penabad's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Penabad include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Penabad takes.

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

Dr. Antonio Pinero- Pilona, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Pinero-Pilona is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Dr. Pinero-Pilona is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pinero-Pilona speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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

Dr. Lusiana Loman, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lusiana Loman's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Loman's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Loman takes. Dr. Loman is a graduate of Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center's residency program. She is conversant in Indonesian.

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

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
417 Corbett Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco is an endocrinologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dimarco's areas of expertise include diabetes. His professional affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dimarco honors. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Dr. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara's area of specialization is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lara's education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1013 Lotus Path
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Rophie studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at Mount Carmel Health System. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rophie at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Kurt Bryan Repke, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
646 Virginia Street; 5th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Repke is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Repke is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Repke include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Repke's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Repke average 3.5 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, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Dana Madison Deupree, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite120
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Dana Deupree's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Dr. Deupree is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deupree attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Macular Hole, Retina Problems, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Joseph A Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His medical residency was performed at Conemaugh Health System. Dr. Laguna's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laguna takes. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a family medicine practitioner. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keene include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Dr. Keene 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. Dr. Keene's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at Memorial Hermann. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Yamani is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. Dr. Yamani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yamani attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Yamani completed a residency program at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's professional affiliations include All Care Medical, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Saleemuddin I Saiyad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Saleemuddin Saiyad specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Saiyad attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school. 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.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

Dr. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mines's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. 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. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Mines speaks French.

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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Benjamin DeVries, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Devries's education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. 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 is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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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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