We found 48 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Kenneth City, FL.

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2763 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, well woman care, and migraine. Dr. Budharaju's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Budharaju honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Dr. Govindan P Nair, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4820 5th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Govindan Nair is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nair's clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and cryosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General 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. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. In addition to English, Dr. Nair speaks French.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hypertension, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Alan A. Smith, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Preventive Medicine
1769 66th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Alan Smith is a general practitioner, family medicine physician, and geriatrician. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Dr. George Anthony Figueroa, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1201 5th Avenue No; Suite 300
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Figueroa's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Figueroa obtained his medical school training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Figueroa takes. Dr. Figueroa's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Mark Anderson Sibley, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 260
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Sibley sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. 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 Meharry Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He is professionally affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, LASIK, Cornea Problems, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Retina Surgery

Dr. Jaysukhlal Veljibhai Panara, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
2299 9th Avenue North; Suite 1f
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jaysukhlal Panara practices adult hospital medicine. Dr. Panara graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Panara trained at a hospital affiliated with Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, infections, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panara accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Panara (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Panara is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Dr. Nicole Michelle Killian, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Bishko's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, preventive care, and women's health issues. She is affiliated with Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Bishko accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bishko trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

Dr. William Henry Minnix, MD
Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Minnix's clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Dr. Minnix's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. 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.

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Dr. Tim Paul Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua, he performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Carlson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5301 Park Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise include trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Yamani is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Dr. Digby 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. Her professional affiliations include Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N; Suite B
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Santos include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Santos graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. His training includes a residency program at The Miriam Hospital. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Santos's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Epilepsy, Echocardiogram, Nutrition Counseling, Geriatric Health, Joint Injections

Dr. Nasser A Moukaddem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4226 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nasser Moukaddem works as an internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moukaddem include diabetes and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Moukaddem takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Moukaddem trained at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland for his residency. Dr. Moukaddem (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Russian. Dr. Moukaddem's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Kiritkumar D Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7047 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Kiritkumar Patel works as an internist and geriatrician in Pinellas Park, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and women's health issues. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended Government Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Patel speaks Indian Languages.

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Dr. Nandkishor N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nandkishor Shah works as an internist and geriatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL and Port Richey, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, preventive care, and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Polish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Kunal V Amin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7477 9th Street N; Physician Office
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kunal Amin sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amin's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Medical University of the Americas. His training includes a residency program at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. In addition to English, Dr. Amin speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Geriatric Health

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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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