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 practices adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Topiwala National Medical College.

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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 specialties are general practice, family medicine, and preventive medicine. He practices in Baytown, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sachdev attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sachdev's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Marshall specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Baytown, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Marshall's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His clinical interests include diabetes, strabismus, and ptosis. Dr. Marshall's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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 practices adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Siddiqi graduated from Sindh Medical College. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Siddiqi accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Mohammad Ahmed specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), depression, and heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ahmed honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Ahmed attended medical school at King Edward Medical University.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Kamran Khan specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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. He graduated from Ayub Medical College. Dr. Khan's residency was performed at Abington Memorial Hospital.

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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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