We found 15 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect All Copay 1457 near Tampa, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
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. Stephen Mordecai Kreitzer I, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Kreitzer is a specialist in adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Kreitzer's clinical interests: diabetes, sleep apnea, and spirometry. The average patient rating for Dr. Kreitzer is 4.5 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kreitzer's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Spirometry

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Clinical interests for Dr. Diasti include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Diasti (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Diasti is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Dewey Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Ramirez's medical specialty is adult cardiology. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, atherosclerosis, and angina. 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. Ramirez graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for his residency. Dr. Ramirez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress Testing, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

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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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
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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All Interests: General Care, Primary Care, Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Internal Medicine, Anorexia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
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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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed specializes in family medicine. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Reed include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Reed is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Heritage Valley Beaver's residency program. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna.

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All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4543 South Manhattan Avenue; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nimesh Panchigar works as a general internist in Tampa, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Grant Medical College and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Panchigar's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. Patients gave him an average 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Panchigar speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
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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All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Valerie E Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33610
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. Laura B Williams, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 5th Floor
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
2810 W Saint Isabel Street; Suite 101b
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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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Geriatric Health

Dr. Nyree Dawn Bryant, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7814 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nyree Bryant sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Bryant focuses on diabetes, preventive care, and blood pressure problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Blood Pressure Problems, Preventive Care

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karon Locicero's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. Dr. Locicero's average patient rating is 4.0 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. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Locicero's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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All Interests: Audiometry Test, Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Thyroid Problems, ... (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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