We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Coventry Gold HMO near Miami, FL.

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Dr. Neerja Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Agrawal is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Baruch Fox, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
606 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Fox's specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fox include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. Dr. Fox is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Fox honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Westchester General Hospital for residency. Dr. Fox speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Sw 24 St S/50-51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prieto include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Prieto's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Gaspar Alejandro Barreto Torrella, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11251 Nw 20 Street; Suite 103
Doral, FL
 

Dr. Gaspar Barreto is a specialist in adult nephrology. After attending Carlos J. Finlay Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Camaguey for medical school, he completed his residency training at VA Caribbean Healthcare System. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barreto accepts. His distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Barreto is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Stephanie Leigh Duncan-Garcia, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2701 Sw 3rd Avenue; Suite 101
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Stephanie Duncan-Garcia is a family medicine practitioner. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), migraine, and depression. Dr. Duncan-Garcia's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University for residency. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She 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.

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Dr. Luis Plasencia, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8741 Coral Way
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Luis Plasencia is a general internist. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Dr. Plasencia is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center. 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. Dr. Plasencia graduated from Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Johannes Isaac Lopez, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3601 Nw 107 Avenue
Doral, FL
 

Dr. Johannes Lopez is a pediatrician in Miami, FL and Doral, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University and residency at Miami Children's Hospital. He is especially interested in diabetes, down syndrome, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Lopez has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lopez takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Developmental Disorders, Down Syndrome, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Pedro Ramon Caro, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
5850 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Caro works as a family medicine physician in Miami, FL. He attended medical school at Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. These areas are among Dr. Caro's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. He 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Caro is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital.

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Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4580 Southwest 8th Street
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Amarilis Gonzalez's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Gonzalez's clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and depression. Her professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital. Before performing her residency at West Suburban Medical Center, Dr. Gonzalez attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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