We found 25 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's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She has a special interest in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Hwu is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hwu attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hwu honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Phillip Dukeal Kwaiyuen Lee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2785 Gulf Freeway South; #2.200
League City, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Lee is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include diabetes. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Sonya Khan practices adult endocrinology in Houston, TX, Texas City, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Khan is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Khan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Le include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Le's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Charles Garcia is an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garcia has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Garcia is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Garcia attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Pamela Dugano-Daphnis practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics in Webster, TX. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. She attended Meharry Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis 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.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Mario Assouad sees patients in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Assouad include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada, Dr. Assouad attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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

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

Dr. Frank Ponce practices family medicine in Pasadena, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Ponce speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ponce include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Dr. Ponce attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Ponce accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Satish Shrinivas Naik, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
830 Gemini
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Satish Naik's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Naik include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He trained at Summa Health System for residency.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvaro Zamora specializes in family medicine and practices in League City, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Zamora a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at JPS Health Network, Dr. Zamora attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zamora has an open panel.

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

Dr. Smriti Choudhary's 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. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Choudhary's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Bay Nguyen works as a general practitioner, family medicine practitioner, and pediatrician in Nassau Bay, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Nguyen is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Nguyen is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Ghadiri average 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). Dr. Ghadiri's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ghadiri's office for an appointment. She is a graduate of Isfahan Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Ghadiri trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is conversant in Persian.

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

Dr. Deepti Mishra's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Mishra is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Sam Lingamfelter specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lingamfelter include sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lingamfelter is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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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