We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay HMO PD near Lutz, FL.

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Dr. Marty Wayne Odom, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16646 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marty Odom's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Odom average 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Odom is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Skin Issues, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. 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 graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include steroid injections, warts, and adolescent gynecology. She is professionally affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lindsay honors. For her professional training, Dr. Lindsay completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Primary Care, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His clinical interests include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. Dr. Choksi 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 Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. Dr. Choksi's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Babatola Adeagbo Durojaiye, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5381 Primrose Lake Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Babatola Durojaiye is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at Mountainside Hospital, Dr. Durojaiye attended medical school at the University of Jos Faculty of Medical Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durojaiye include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durojaiye honors. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Geriatric Health

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Dr. McIlwain is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. McIlwain has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. McIlwain's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Imran Kayani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Imran Kayani's specialty is family medicine. He graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College. He has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). The average patient rating for Dr. Kayani is 5.0 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. Kayani is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Wellness Visit, Preventive Care

Dr. Abib T Conteh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4211 Van Dyke Road; #101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Abib Conteh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Conteh include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and epilepsy. Dr. Conteh accepts 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 Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at Genessee Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Conteh's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Tendonitis, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Epilepsy

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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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