We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr Ania E Janicka DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.1 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ania Janicka specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Hudson, FL, Clearwater, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Janicka's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Janicka's education and training includes medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Winthrop University Hospital. She is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Jesus L Penabad MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.18 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Jesus Penabad is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Penabad is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Penabad is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Antonio PineroPilona MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 2.33 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Antonio Pinero-Pilona's specialty is adult endocrinology. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinero-Pilona include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Pinero-Pilona's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Pinero-Pilona's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Paul Edward Dimarco MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 1.75 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
417 Corbett Street
Belleair, FL

Dr. Paul Dimarco specializes in adult endocrinology. He is especially interested in diabetes. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dimarco 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. Dimarco attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes

Dr Lusiana Loman MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Lusiana Loman works as an endocrinologist in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Clearwater, FL. She is conversant in Indonesian. Dr. Loman's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. After completing medical school at Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 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. Loman accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

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

Dr. Benjamin Devries' areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Devries include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. Dr. Devries 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. Devries is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin Lesi ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.3 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Cesar Lara is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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 attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Travel Medicine, Geriatric Heal ... (Read more)

Dr Saleem I Saiyad MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2196 Main Street; Suite H
Dunedin, FL

Dr. Saleemuddin Saiyad sees patients in Dunedin, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saiyad include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and fibromyalgia. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Saiyad attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Saiyad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Saiyad's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arrhythmias

Dr Ralph A Rophie MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.08 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1013 Lotus Path
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. His clinical interests include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Dr. Rophie's average patient rating is 3.0 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. Rophie is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorde ... (Read more)

Dr Xiomara Ramirez Ortega MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (Read more)

Dr Maha Lewis MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.18 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lewis-Serag's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis-Serag include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewis-Serag takes. Dr. Lewis-Serag obtained her medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. She is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Shingle ... (Read more)

Dr Kurt Bryan Repke MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2565 Enterprise Road
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Kurt Repke's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Repke attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Repke's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Repke's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Shingles, Refractive Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmol ... (Read more)

Joseph A Laguna MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Laguna's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna's medical residency was performed at Conemaugh Health System. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Biopsy ... (Read more)

Dr Mohammad Ilyas Yamani MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.48 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Mohammad Yamani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani's clinical interests include trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yamani studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. He completed his residency training at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's hospital/clinic affiliations include All Care Medical, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injec ... (Read more)

Mr Dana M Deupree MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 120
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Dana Deupree is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Deupree's areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, and laser surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Deupree average 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Deupree's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Anup N Desai MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Anup Desai works as an internist. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Dr. Desai has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Trigger Point Injections, Alzheim ... (Read 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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