We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Cigna near Irving, TX.

Dr. Rajiv Dattatreya, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2021 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 225
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rajiv Dattatreya is a specialist in adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Dattatreya (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Dattatreya has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Dr. Dattatreya completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dattatreya accepts.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. John David Young Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2021 North Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 520
Irving, TX
 

Dr. John Young's specialty is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Young's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lung problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Young is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Juan Martinez, who practices in Irving, TX and Dallas, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martinez include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), hepatitis C, and celiac disease. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Jane Frances Ensey, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2000 Esters Road; Suite 112
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Jane Ensey specializes in family medicine. Dr. Ensey's clinical interests include diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and depression. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Cristina Virginia Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Cristina Valdez's area of specialization is family medicine. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Valdez include diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valdez honors. Dr. Valdez studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Bradley Scott Jones, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 W Ih 635 Freeway; Suite 200
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Bradley Jones sees patients in Irving, TX. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones honors. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rikin Patel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Bowel Resection, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
400 W Ih 635 Freeway; Suite 200, Plaza I
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Jenifer Welsh specializes in adult hospital medicine and practices in Irving, TX and Round Rock, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), diabetes, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Welsh studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2021 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 520
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dilg practices general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dilg include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Vaccines, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

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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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