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We found 32 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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Dr. Orlander attended Université Libre de Bruxelles and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Orlander has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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 an endocrinologist in Bellaire, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Wirfel is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally 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. Dr. Gutierrez honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Syed Rahman is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Rahman's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Elie Saber practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Saber attended medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Saber's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Saber'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, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nina Pham is a family medicine physician. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pham at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She 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. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Memorial Hermann's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Menopause, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Weight Management, Physical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dora Cantu works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Cantu has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. 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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mario Assouad is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Assouad's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. In addition to English, Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Assouad is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Charles Garcia is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Garcia is especially interested in diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Garcia has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Diseases, Eye Exam, Minor Surgery, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Virgilio Carandang works as a family medicine practitioner. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Carandang is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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

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

Dr. Namrata Goel is an adult nephrology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Goel include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine 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 Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Alan Glombicki's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Glombicki include 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. Dr. Glombicki attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Luis Granier's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Granier obtained his medical school training at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Granier is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and Texas Heart Institute (THI). Dr. Taegtmeyer honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Taegtmeyer attended the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Failure

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Balakrishnan studied medicine at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College. He completed his residency training at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2855 Gramercy Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stewart Zuckerbrod, who practices in Houston, TX, Pearland, TX, and Pasadena, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Zuckerbrod is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Hypertension, Diabetes, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery ... (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.