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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dattatreya's areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is 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. Dattatreya accepts. Dr. Dattatreya obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Dattatreya (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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 is a general internist in Irving, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Young speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lung problems. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Young honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Juan Martinez is an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), hepatitis C, and celiac disease. Dr. Martinez's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martinez honors. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Jane Ensey's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ensey include diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and depression. Dr. Ensey is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ensey is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Bradley Jones' area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jones takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

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

Dr. Cristina Valdez specializes in family medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in diabetes. Dr. Valdez is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Valdez is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Valdez completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She 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.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Rikin Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include 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's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Jenifer Welsh is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), diabetes, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Welsh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Welsh is professionally 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 is a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Dilg include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Dilg is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is professionally 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.