We found 35 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Silver $10 Copay Memorial Hermann near Houston, TX.

Dr. Philip Robert Orlander, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6410 Fannin Street; 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Orlander specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Orlander attended medical school at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He trained at Hospital of Saint Raphael for his residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Orlander include diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Orlander accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Kelly L Wirfel, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Wirfel is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Bellaire, TX and Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wirfel include diabetes. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, she performed her residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Dr. Wirfel is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Biopsy, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules

Dr. Absalon D Gutierrez Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
6431 Fannin Street; Msb 5.108
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Absalon Gutierrez specializes in adult endocrinology and general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Gutierrez studied medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Elie Nagib Saber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 635
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elie Saber is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saber include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Saber is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Saber is a graduate of Saint Joseph University of Beirut. For his professional training, Dr. Saber completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Shah Noor Ur Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rahman attended Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Rahman's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX. These areas are among Dr. Frommer's clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frommer is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Angiogram, Diabetes, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (Read more)

Dr. Dora Elia Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1740 W 27th Street; Suite 180
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dora Cantu is an ophthalmologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Cantu average 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cantu accepts. Dr. Cantu graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

Dr. Charles Albert Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1315 Saint Joseph Parkway; Suite 1205
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Garcia include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. Dr. Garcia is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Garcia attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Eye Exam, Minor Surgery, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, LASIK, Photorefractive ... (Read more)

Dr. Diemphuong Nina Pham, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2499 Ella Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nina Pham's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Pham's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Memorial Hermann. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Dr. Alan Paul Glombicki, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alan Glombicki is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Glombicki is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Burns, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Namrata Sharma Sharma Goel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Namrata Goel's area of specialization is adult nephrology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Goel is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Goel graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Endocrine Diseases, Dialysis

Dr. Mario Assouad, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mario Assouad works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Assouad include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, HIV/AIDS, Dialysis

Dr. Virgilio Carandang Carandang, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1631 North Loop West; Suite 430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Virgilio Carandang is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Before performing his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Carandang attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school. Dr. Carandang is rated highly by his patients. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Menopause, Hypertension, Diabetes, Premenstrual Syndrome, Counseling Services

Dr. Richard James Foley, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
600 East Houston/croley Center
Cleveland, TX
 

Dr. Richard Foley's specialty is adult nephrology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Foley's clinical interests include diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Balakrishnan's clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Balakrishnan is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Dr. Luis Gonzalo Granier, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Granier's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He attended the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Granier has an open panel.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (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.
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