We found 19 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1449 near Spring Hill, FL.

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Dr. Ellen Verena Jorgensen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jorgensen include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Her professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jorgensen takes. Dr. Jorgensen has an open panel. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems

Dr. Dorothy I Shulman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
13330 Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dorothy Shulman sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shulman graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Her professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shulman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Henry Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; Mdc 62
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Henry Rodriguez's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests: type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Rodriguez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, 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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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Crystal Ann Jacovino, DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Crystal Jacovino's specialties are adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jacovino attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Her professional affiliations include Memphis VA Medical Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison's specialty is adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Morrison's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morrison takes. Dr. Morrison is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N Armenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano practices adult nephrology in Tampa, FL. He speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Serrano's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Serrano performed his residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox is a general internist and general pediatrician in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bulimia, diabetes, and primary care. Dr. Knox is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). 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. Knox has received the distinction of Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Lisa Ann Scudder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10004 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Scudder is a family medicine practitioner. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of minor surgery, wellness visit, and women's health issues. On average, patients gave Dr. Scudder a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scudder takes. Dr. Scudder's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Hospital Carrollwood and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Wellness Visit, Preventive Care, Patient Education, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr practices bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murr accepts. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Murr include: USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Murr welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomas Figueroa Nieves, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite E
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tomas Figueroa-Nieves specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. He has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). The average patient rating for Dr. Figueroa-Nieves is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Figueroa-Nieves accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Figueroa-Nieves attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Figueroa-Nieves's professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Acute Care, High Cholesterol

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

Dr. Harris McIlwain is a geriatrician and rheumatologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. McIlwain studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating 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 has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Valerie E Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman works as a perinatologist. In her practice, Dr. Whiteman focuses on diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and prenatal diagnosis. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Whiteman attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whiteman honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Kanchan Parasher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kanchan Parasher is a family practitioner. Dr. Parasher (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, minor surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is a graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Parasher 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.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Laura B Williams, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Smith works as a psychologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: stress management, type 2 diabetes, and family therapy services. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Family Therapy Services, Individual Therapy, Stress Management

Dr. Jayesh S Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1426 W Busch Boulevard; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jayesh Shah's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He has a special interest in diabetes, geriatric health, and kidney problems. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah graduated from B.J. Medical College. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Geriatric Health

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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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