We found 22 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near League City, TX.

Dr. Katherine Hwu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
940 Clear Lake City Boulevard; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Hwu is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. Her clinical interests include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hwu accepts. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her residency training 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, Diabetes

Dr. Sonya Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
2060 Space Park Drive; Suite 302
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sonya Khan practices adult endocrinology and general internal medicine in Houston, TX, Texas City, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Khan honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Christine Huong Le, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
2060 Space Park Drive; Suite 304
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christine Le sees patients in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Her medical specialties are family medicine and general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Le include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Le is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Le (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Pamela Denise Dugano - Daphnis, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
333 N Texas Avenue; Suite 4100
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Pamela Dugano-Daphnis' specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. She practices in Webster, TX. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Charles A Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Garcia include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Garcia is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garcia honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Mario Assouad, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mario Assouad is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is especially interested in diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Assouad attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, HIV/AIDS, Dialysis

Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX. His areas of expertise include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College. His residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Balakrishnan is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Frank Ponce is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Ponce has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ponce takes. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ponce trained at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ponce is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Smriti Dubey Choudhary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Smriti Choudhary sees patients in Webster, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Choudhary graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the University of Mumbai, and L.T. Municipal Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Choudhary include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Choudhary is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. R. Sam Lingamfelter, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2060 Space Park Drive; Suite 412
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sam Lingamfelter is a family practice physician. Clinical interests for Dr. Lingamfelter include sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lingamfelter is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
2045 Space Park Drive; Suite 170
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bay Nguyen sees patients in Nassau Bay, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are general practice, family medicine, and general pediatrics. Dr. Nguyen's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Sinusitis, Ulcers, Anemia, Hay Fever, High Cholesterol, Asthma

Dr. Deepti Mishra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1650 E Winding Way; Suite B
Friendswood, TX
 

Dr. Deepti Mishra sees patients in Friendswood, TX. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mishra attended medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
212 Gulf Freeway S; Suite G3
League City, TX
 

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Agraharkar's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Hypotension, Dialysis

Dr. Mark Hooker, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17030 Highway 3
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Mark Hooker specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Hooker is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann, Dr. Hooker attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hooker is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Dr. Zenithe Pierre Pierre, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Zenithe Ware works as a general internist and pediatrician. These areas are among Dr. Ware's clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and pap test. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Ware graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Ware trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri works as a general internist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. She speaks Persian. Dr. Ghadiri's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She graduated from Isfahan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghadiri accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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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