We found 40 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Homestead, FL.

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Dr. Manuel C Sainz De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Manuel Sainz De La Pena's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sainz De La Pena's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Sainz De La Pena speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Morrison is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. He has a 3.5 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. Morrison takes. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Morrison attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Morrison is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Tsu-Hui Lin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Third Floor Mab
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tsu-Hui Lin's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She is conversant in Taiwanese. Dr. Lin's clinical interests include diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and pituitary disorders. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Lin obtained her medical school training at National Taiwan University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Baltimore City Hospitals. On average, patients gave her a rating 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. Lin honors.

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All Interests: Metabolic Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Terry Joe Declue, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Third Floor Mab
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Terry Declue is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and thyroid surgery. Dr. Declue's average rating from his patients is 4.5 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. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Declue's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Diabetes

Michele Marie Laine
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Family Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Ms. Michele Laine specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and family medicine. Areas of expertise for Ms. Laine include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Laine is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Jon DiPietro, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 500
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jon Dipietro works as a general practitioner and preventive medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dipietro include diabetes, primary care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Dipietro is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dipietro attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Hypertension, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Preventive Care, X-Rays

Dr. Norman Joseph Castellano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Norman Castellano sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, primary care, and hemorrhoid banding. 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. Dr. Castellano 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 Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Olayinka Abiodun Bankole, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
4513 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Olayinka Bankole practices bariatric medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, lung surgery, and nutrition counseling. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bankole takes. He obtained his medical school training at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Bankole is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lung Surgery, Lyme Disease, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Stephen Mordecai Kreitzer I, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Kreitzer is an adult pulmonology specialist. He has a special interest in diabetes, sleep apnea, and spirometry. Patients gave Dr. Kreitzer an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kreitzer is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Spirometry

Dr. Atul Rasikial Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3120 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Atul Shah's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH), and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Shah is open to new patients. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Seth G.S. Medical College, and King Edward Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Shah completed residency programs at Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, and Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Weight Management, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Geriatric Health

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Diasti accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Dr. Diasti (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Dr. John Dewey Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Ramirez is a cardiologist. He graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for his residency. Dr. Ramirez's clinical interests include holter monitoring, atherosclerosis, and angina. Dr. Ramirez 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Ramirez is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress Testing, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N Armenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Serrano include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Serrano 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 a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox works as a general internist and pediatrician. Dr. Knox graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include bulimia, diabetes, and primary care. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Knox welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: General Care, Primary Care, Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Internal Medicine, Anorexia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Ann Scudder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10004 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Scudder works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Scudder attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical interests include minor surgery, wellness visit, and women's health issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Scudder is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Scudder's professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Carrollwood and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
2 Tampa General Circle; Hmt Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr specializes in bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Murr attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Murr's areas of expertise include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Murr has received include USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (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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