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
Average rating 4.04 stars out of 5 (23 ratings)
1955 1st Avenue North; Suite 104
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Venkata Budharaju sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Before completing his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Budharaju attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and migraine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Budharaju is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Migraine, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Muscul ... (Read more)

Govindan P Nair MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.62 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
4820 5th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Govindan Nair works as an endocrinologist. Dr. Nair's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is especially interested in diabetes, pituitary disorders, and cryosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 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. Nair accepts. He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr Alan A Smith MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Preventive Medicine
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1769 66th Street N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Alan Smith's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise 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. Before completing his residency at Bayfront Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Smith honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Esophagus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Asthma, Welln ... (Read more)

William Minnix MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. William Minnix works as a general practitioner and internist. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. Dr. Minnix's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Minnix is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Flu Shot, Immunization, Hypertension, Influenza, Heart Problems, Liver Disease, Physical Exams, Spor ... (Read more)

Dr Jorge Anthony Figueroa MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.81 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite #300
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Jorge Figueroa is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Figueroa's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Figueroa's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He trained at Bayfront Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Biofeedback, Fibromyalgia, Dia ... (Read more)

Timothy Carlson MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.45 stars out of 5 (29 ratings)
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Tim Carlson's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general internal medicine. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua and residency at Bayfront Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Carlson's clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carlson is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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Dr Mark A Sibley MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 2.93 stars out of 5 (29 ratings)
1515 9th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Mark Sibley is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sibley include diabetes, glaucoma, and LASIK. Patient ratings for Dr. Sibley average 3.0 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. Dr. Sibley studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Sibley completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He is professionally affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Jaysukhlal Veljibhai Panara MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
Average rating 2.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2299 9th Avenue North; Suite 1f
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Jaysukhlal Panara is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Panara (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. These areas are among Dr. Panara's clinical interests: diabetes, infections, and electrocardiogram (EKG). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Panara attended M.P. Shah Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocar ... (Read more)

Dr Nicole Michelle Bishko D O
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
8130 66th Street; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Nicole Bishko is an internist in Pinellas Park, FL. In Dr. Bishko's practice, she is particularly interested in 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. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. Dr. Bishko takes 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, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

Dr Mohammad Ilyas Yamani MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.48 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
5301 Park Street N
Saint Petersburg, 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, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Ms Sarah Anne Digby DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
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. Dr. Digby obtained her medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digby include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digby honors. Dr. Digby is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Gregorio S Santos MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
6125 54th Avenue N; Suite B
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Gregorio Santos sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Kenneth City, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santos honors. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at The Miriam Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Santos speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Kiritkumar D Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
700 Tyrone Boulevard N
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Kiritkumar Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and women's health issues. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College and performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Patel is conversant in Indian Languages. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Geriatric Heal ... (Read more)

Nasser A Moukaddem MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.12 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
4226 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Nasser Moukaddem specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Moukaddem's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Dr. Moukaddem attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Moukaddem (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr Kunal Amin MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.08 stars out of 5 (31 ratings)
7477 Martin Luther King Street N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Kunal Amin's specialty is family medicine. Before performing his residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, Dr. Amin attended Medical University of the Americas for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. Amin at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amin is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

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

Dr Pratibha Kirit Desai MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 1.85 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Pratibha Desai sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are adult hematology and medical oncology. She attended medical school at the University of Mumbai. Dr. Desai trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average rating from her patients is 2.0 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. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Diabetes

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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:
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  • 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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