We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Manuel C Sainz De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Manuel Sainz De La Pena sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Sainz De La Pena has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and alzheimer's disease. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sainz De La Pena speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Nutrition Counseling, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Jon DiPietro, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jon Dipietro is a physician who specializes in general practice and preventive medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dipietro include diabetes, primary care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. He honors 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 Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Dipietro is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Hypertension, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Preventive Care, X-Rays

Dr. Norman Joseph Castellano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Norman Castellano sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Castellano include diabetes, primary care, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Castellano honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Castellano (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Atul Rasikial Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3120 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Atul Shah is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Shah is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH), and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Seth G.S. Medical College, and King Edward Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, and Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Weight Management, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Geriatric Health

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. 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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Dr. Cecilio Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4102 N Macdill Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cecilio Hernandez is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. After completing medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University, he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Hernandez focuses on diabetes. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

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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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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