We found 3 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Dr Lital Reitblat MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 S Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Lital Reitblat is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Reitblat attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Reitblat speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Broward Health.

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Specializes in Rehabilitative Services, Pediatric Endocrinology
1401 South Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Maria Barrueco-Casariego works as a rehabilitative services provider and pediatric endocrinologist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Barrueco-Casariego's residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Ernesto Jose Blanco MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 S Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Ernesto Blanco is a Fort Lauderdale, FL physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blanco honors. He attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Blanco's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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What is Pediatric Endocrinology?

Hormones are chemicals that are produced by the body and flow through the bloodstream. They control a number of important functions, including growth, metabolism, and sexual development. Doctors that treat hormonal problems are called endocrinologists, and endocrinologists that work with children are pediatric endocrinologists.

Pediatric endocrinologists treat children of all ages, from newborn babies to young adults. Because hormones affect growth and sexual development, endocrine disorders affect children and teens very differently than they do adults. Some disorders, such as precocious (early) puberty, only affect children. Some endocrine disorders have different symptoms in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A pediatric endocrinologist must be aware of how hormonal problems specifically affect children’s health and development.

Diabetes, a disease caused by problems with the hormone insulin, is the most common disorder treated by pediatric endocrinologists. Other issues include:
  • Growth disorders, which prevent children from growing or maturing as expected
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pituitary or adrenal disorders
  • Sex hormone disorders, where the body produces either too little or too much of the hormones that affect puberty and sexual development
  • Unexplained obesity
  • Intersex, a group of conditions that make a person's sex unclear
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Problems with calcium metabolism
  • Treatment for transgender children, who feel they do not match the gender associated with their external genitalia (many, but not all, pediatric endocrinology offices provide this service)

For most endocrine disorders, treatment involves medication taken to either supplement or suppress certain hormone levels.

Since hormones control so many functions within the body and are so crucial during the early stages of life, an endocrine disorder can be devastating for a child. Pediatric endocrinologists help get your child’s hormones back in balance.
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