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Dr. Kristy Jo Magee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
910 Williston Park Point; Suite 2050
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kristy Magee specializes in family medicine and practices in Lake Mary, FL and Sanford, FL. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at Florida Hospital, Dr. Magee attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Zia E Fatemi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Zia Fatemi sees patients in Lake Mary, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fatemi honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Fatemi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Pontenciano D Gonzales Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
62 Spring Vista Drive
Debary, FL
 

Dr. Pontenciano Gonzales practices family medicine in Debary, FL. Dr. Gonzales graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Gonzales (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Edward J Magee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
910 Williston Park Point; Suite #2050
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Edward Magee's specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Magee is 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Magee graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Florida Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Manpreet Kaur Gill, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2209 S. French Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Manpreet Gill works as a family medicine physician. In addition to English, Dr. Gill (or staff) speaks Spanish and Punjabi. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Before performing her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Gill attended Albany Medical College 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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Dr. Vinay Chandra Srivastava, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1621 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Vinay Srivastava works as a general internist in Sanford, FL. He attended medical school at King George Medical University. He completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Srivastava is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Farideh Zadeh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zadeh takes. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She speaks Persian.

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Dr. Gary Wayne Snell, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
712 W. 25th Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Gary Snell's medical specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Snell is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Snell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Sukhinder Kumar Joshi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1001 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. S. Joshi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Joshi accepts. He trained at Westchester Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Respiratory Infection, Diabetes

Dr. Pothen Cherian Koruth, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
758 N Sun Drive; Street #104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Koruth's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koruth 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 studied medicine at Calicut Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Ashwinkumar R Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 106
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Ashwinkumar Patel's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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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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