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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 2000 near Austin, TX.

Dr. Farheen Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1250 S Capital of Texas Highway; Bldg 3-100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Farheen Yousuf is an adult endocrinology specialist in West Lake Hills, TX and Austin, TX. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Yousuf attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Dr. Yousuf (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. She is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Paul Benard Moore, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1250 S Capital of Texas Highway; Bldg 3-100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Paul Moore specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Austin, TX and West Lake Hills, TX. Dr. Moore has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Wesley Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Moore include: ADC Physician of the Year; Texas Monthly Super Doctor; and Super Doctor Texas Hall of Fame. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Clinic and Seton Healthcare Family. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Jean Ann Hertel
Specializes in Podiatry
12221 Mopac Expressway North
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Jean Hertel is a podiatrist. She is rated highly by her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include North Clinic and Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Hertel accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Hertel has received the following distinction: NYCPM Academic Scholarship.

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All Interests: Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Trauma

Dr. Rodolfo Rogelio Alamia, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
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Austin, TX
 

Dr. Rodolfo Alamia is a family practitioner. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. Dr. Alamia is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Brenda S Forbes
Specializes in Optometry
12221 Mopac Expressway North
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Brenda Forbes practices optometry (primary eye care) in Austin, TX. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Forbes is professionally affiliated with North Clinic. Dr. Forbes has an open panel.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Contact Lenses

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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.