We found 49 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
Average rating 1.75 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
417 Corbett Street
Belleair, FL

Dr. Paul Dimarco specializes in adult endocrinology. He is especially interested in diabetes. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dimarco 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. 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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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes

Dr Venkata G Budharaju MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 4.04 stars out of 5 (23 ratings)
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, 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)

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

Dr. Benjamin Devries' areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Devries include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. Dr. Devries 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. Dr. Devries is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin Lesi ... (Read more)

Dr Mark A Sibley MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 2.93 stars out of 5 (29 ratings)
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 260
Largo, 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

Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.3 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Cesar Lara is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Travel Medicine, Geriatric Heal ... (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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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

Dr Ralph A Rophie MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.08 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1013 Lotus Path
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. His clinical interests include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Dr. Rophie's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rophie is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorde ... (Read more)

Dr Xiomara Ramirez Ortega MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (Read more)

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, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injec ... (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 practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Digby completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Dr Anup N Desai MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Anup Desai works as an internist. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Dr. Desai has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Trigger Point Injections, Alzheim ... (Read more)

Dr Julie Bard Fogarty MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 320
Largo, FL

Dr. Julie Fogarty is an internist in Largo, FL. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Fogarty's clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Fogarty is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Brown University.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin Issues, Trigger Po ... (Read more)

Dr Julia Jenkins MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.62 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
807 N Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Julia Jenkins practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Jenkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Jenkins completed her residency training at Bayfront Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Estrogen Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, S ... (Read more)

Dr Jaggers C Keene MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.09 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a family practitioner in Largo, FL. These areas are among Dr. Keene's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Hermann for residency. Dr. Keene is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group (Florida) and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Gastrointest ... (Read more)

Jonathan Andrew Mines MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 4.11 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
505 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Jonathan Mines specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Dr. Mines honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Mines attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. He is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Scleral Buckle, Macular Degeneration, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Uveitis, Retina Problems, Eye Ultraso ... (Read more)

Kiritkumar D Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
7047 66th Street
Pinellas Park, 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)

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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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