We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Baytown, TX.

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Dr. Manisha Chandalia, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4201 Garth Road, Suite 313; Independence Plaza 1
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Manisha Chandalia is an endocrinologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She studied medicine at Topiwala National Medical College. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chandalia's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Atul K. Sachdev, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine
4002 Garth Road; Suite 100
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Atul Sachdev's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and preventive medicine. Dr. Sachdev has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Sachdev is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Weight Loss

Dr. Thomas E Marshall, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4301 Garth Road; Suite 100
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Marshall is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Baytown, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marshall include diabetes, strabismus, and eye trauma. Dr. Marshall is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Marshall attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Marshall is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Rashid Siddiqi works as an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Siddiqi's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Siddiqi's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine
2802 Garth Road; Suite 211
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Ahmed's areas of specialization are family medicine and emergency medicine; he sees patients in Baytown, TX. He is a graduate of King Edward Medical University. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), depression, and heart problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Kamran Khan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and osteoporosis. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Khan attended medical school at Ayub Medical College. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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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