We found 50 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
417 Corbett Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Dimarco 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. 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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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, 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. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara's specialty is family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lara honors. Dr. Lara is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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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. Nicole Michelle Killian, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
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. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Rophie has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rophie's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and residency at Mount Carmel Health System. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene practices family medicine in Largo, FL. Dr. Keene attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keene include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Keene speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, 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. Jonathan Andrew Mines, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Mines' specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is conversant in French. His clinical interests include diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mines trained at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Mines is rated highly by his patients. He 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. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Benjamin Devries' area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Devries's education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Dr. Anup N Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Anup Desai's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from Government Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Desai completed a residency program at Coney Island Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Kiritkumar D Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7047 66th Street North
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. Julia C Jenkins, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
807 N Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Julia Jenkins works as a family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jenkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Jenkins accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Jenkins trained at Bayfront Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Ana Belen De Abajo Alonso, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana Charles' areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Charles is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She 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. She studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Charles (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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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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