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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Conroe, TX.

Dr. Brenda Kay Peabody MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
325 I 45 N; Suite 140
Conroe, TX

Dr. Brenda Peabody practices adult cardiology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Peabody accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Counseling, Diabetes, Hypertension & Stress, Nuclear Medicine, Preventative Care

Dr. Mary Katherine Henson DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
503 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 100
Conroe, TX
(936) 270-4600; (936) 788-1060

Dr. Mary Henson is a family medicine practitioner in Conroe, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Henson is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Henson include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Henson's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid, Hyperlipidemia, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Robert E Neville DPM
Specializes in Podiatry (Foot & Ankle Medicine), Foot & Ankle Surgery
1222 N Loop 336 W
Conroe, TX
(936) 760-3736

Dr. Robert Neville is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Neville takes. Dr. Neville is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Foot Surgery, Geriatrics, Heel Pain, Heel Spurs, Ingrown ... (Read more)

Kathleen Ann Watson MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4015 I-45 North
Conroe, TX
(936) 270-4600

Dr. Kathleen Watson specializes in family medicine. Dr. Watson's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and thyroid problems. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Watson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Scar/Cyst Removal, General Pediatrics, Pap Smear, Thyroid, Geriatric ... (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.