We found 30 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna Silver $10 Copay Memorial Hermann near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Philip Orlander's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Orlander's clinical interests: diabetes and thyroid problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Université Libre de Bruxelles for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of Saint Raphael for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Orlander's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Syed Rahman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rahman graduated from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rahman's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Elie Saber is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saber takes. After completing medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Norman Lee Berkman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2015
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Berkman practices general internal medicine in Bellaire, TX and Houston, TX. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In Dr. Berkman's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Berkman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Berkman is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Richard Foley's specialty is adult nephrology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Foley's areas of expertise include diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Foley completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer, who practices in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Frommer is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Frommer graduated from the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Luis Granier-Spikula works as a general internist. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Granier-Spikula performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Granier-Spikula welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mario Assouad is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Assouad (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Dora Cantu practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Cantu's areas of clinical interest consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Cantu attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cantu honors.

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

Dr. Stewart Lee Zuckerbrod, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2855 Gramercy Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stewart Zuckerbrod is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Zuckerbrod include comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuckerbrod attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Hypertension, Diabetes, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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

Dr. Namrata Goel specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of 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 attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Goel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for her residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Charles Garcia sees patients in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia takes. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balakrishnan include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has an open panel. 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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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Montoya Celi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1801 North Loop W, Suite 30; Medical Plaza 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melissa Celi is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in family medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. She attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land for residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Celi takes.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Weight Management, Sports Physicals, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Stress ... (Read more)

Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6410 Fannin Street; 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer's specialty is adult cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Taegtmeyer has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Taegtmeyer's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Texas Heart Institute (THI), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Failure

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

Dr. Virgilio Carandang practices family medicine in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. For his residency, Dr. Carandang trained at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Dr. Carandang is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carandang is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.

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

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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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