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We found 166 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Morey William Haymond, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Morey Haymond is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Haymond's clinical interests include diabetes. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. Haymond attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Lefkothea Panayotis Karaviti, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lefkothea Karaviti is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Houston, TX. Dr. Karaviti's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). 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 Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Karaviti's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Tres Aaron Barrera, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1709 Dryden; Suite 550
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tres Barrera specializes in adult endocrinology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to English, Dr. Barrera speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes

Dr. Yuezhen Lynda Lin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
18200 Katie Freeway (i-10 & Barker Cypress)
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yuezhen Lin is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Houston, TX and El Paso, TX. In Dr. Lin's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Fujian Medical University and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Lin is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Katherine Hwu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Hwu is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Hwu is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She 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: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Philip Orlander is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Dr. Orlander is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Orlander attended medical school at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Dr. Orlander has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Swarna Kamble, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
560 Meyerland Plaza Mall
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Swarna Kamble is an adult endocrinology specialist. Before performing her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Kamble attended Government Medical College, Nagpur for medical school. Dr. Kamble honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Mandeep Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1709 Dryden; Suite 1000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mandeep Bajaj specializes in adult endocrinology. He attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Montefiore Medical Center. He is especially interested in obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistance. Dr. Bajaj is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the distinction of Leo Davidoff Award-Outstanding resident teacher. Dr. Bajaj is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Insulin Resistance

Dr. Siripoom Vudhipoom McKay, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
1120 Fannin
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Siripoom McKay specializes in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology and practices in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests encompass type 2 diabetes. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. McKay graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. McKay is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Gerardo M Bueso, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Bueso graduated from the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Bueso's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Stephanie Renee Sisley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6701 Fannin Street; 11th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephanie Sisley is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Sisley has a special interest in obesity and type 2 diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Sisley attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Dennis Roy Mendoza Mendoza Ferrer, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dennis Ferrer is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Ferrer's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His professional affiliations include Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Woodlands. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Ferrer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Osteoporosis

Dr. Sheila Kaye Gunn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6621 Fannin; Ccc 1020.05
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sheila Gunn, who practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Gunn honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Gunn's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

Dr. Shannon L French, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shannon French is a pediatric endocrinologist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. French average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. French's clinical interests include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. French attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

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

Dr. Kelly Wirfel's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wirfel include diabetes. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Dr. Wirfel is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wirfel obtained her medical school training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and performed her residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

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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. Medhavi Jogi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6624 Fannin Street; Suite 2360
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Medhavi Jogi is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Jogi 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. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Jogi has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Pituitary Disorders, Pituitary Tumor, Thyroid Biopsy

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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.