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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept HealthSpring near Katy, TX.

Dr. Ariel Morales Velasco, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Velasco average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has an open panel. Dr. Velasco graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then he performed his residency at Catholic Medical Center. Dr. Velasco is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Anil U Sheth, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 West Grand Parkway North; Suite 320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Anil Sheth's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Sheth's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Sheth completed residency programs at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis

Dr. Ahmad-Rabia Al Khush, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 330
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ahmad-Rabia Alkhush's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Alkhush's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Alkhush attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Chronic Illness

Dr. Iyad K Radwan, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, General Internal Medicine, Thoracic Surgery
21324 Provincial Boulevard; Suite B
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Iyad Radwan's specialties are vascular surgery, general internal medicine, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. He studied medicine at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. Dr. Radwan's clinical interests include warts, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. He 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. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Abigail Lynn Elliott
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1331 W. Grand Parkway N.; Suite 140
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Abigail Elliott works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Conroe, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, microsurgery, and hammer toe. Dr. Elliott is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Microsurgery, Bursitis, Hammer Toe, Morton's Neuroma, Fractures, Osteomyelitis, Ankle Problems, ... (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.