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We found 165 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. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Haymond completed a residency program at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Haymond has a special interest in diabetes. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Haymond has received the following distinction: 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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical interests include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Karaviti's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Karaviti is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally 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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Barrera graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for his residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Barrera speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

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

Dr. Gerardo Bueso is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He attended medical school at the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. These areas are among Dr. Bueso's clinical interests: thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). The average patient rating for Dr. Bueso is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bueso takes. Dr. Bueso has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Bueso is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Yuezhen Lin practices pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include diabetes. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her education and training includes medical school at Fujian Medical University and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. In Dr. Hwu's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She 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 accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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 medical specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests encompass diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Orlander is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. After completing medical school at Université Libre de Bruxelles, he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He honors 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.

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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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Kamble accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Government Medical College, Nagpur. She trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Bajaj's areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistance. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Leo Davidoff Award-Outstanding resident teacher. Dr. Bajaj is professionally 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 practices adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McKay include type 2 diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McKay accepts. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. McKay completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes

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

Dr. Stephanie Sisley, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sisley include obesity and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Sisley accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Dennis Roy M Mendoza Ferrer, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
15655 Cypresswoods Medical Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dennis Ferrer's specialty is adult endocrinology. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ferrer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrer is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Woodlands.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Gunn takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Gunn attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally 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 endocrinology specialist. In Dr. French's practice, she is particularly interested in type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Before completing her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Dr. French attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. French has received professional recognition including the following: 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 specialty is adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in diabetes. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Before performing her residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Dr. Wirfel attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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. Maria Jose Redondo, MPH, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maria Redondo, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Redondo attended medical school at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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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.