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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 is an adult cardiology specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Peabody graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Dr. Peabody is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Nuclear Scan, Preventive Care, Counseling Services

Dr. Mary Katherine Henson, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
503 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 100
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Mary Henson specializes in family medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Henson is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Henson has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Smoking Cessation

Robert E Neville
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1222 N Loop 336 W
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Robert Neville's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in The Woodlands, TX and Conroe, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery, Diabetes, Heel Pain, Ingrown Toenails, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Ann Watson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4015 I-45 North
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Watson's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Watson's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Watson has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Scar Removal, High Cholesterol, General Care, Thyroid ... (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.