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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold PPO near Midlothian, TX.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1441 South Midlothian Parkway; Suite 100
Midlothian, TX
 

Dr. Chad Coleman works as a family practitioner. Patient ratings for Dr. Coleman average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Coleman obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Tuberculosis Testing, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Leigh Furr Nordstrom, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1441 South Midlothian Parkway; Suite 100
Midlothian, TX
 

Dr. Leigh Nordstrom specializes in general internal medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Dr. Nordstrom is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Nordstrom 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. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Tuberculosis Testing, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1441 South Midlothian Parkway; Suite 100
Midlothian, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Astbury sees patients in Midlothian, TX and Waxahachie, TX. His medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hospice (end-of-life care), and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Astbury attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Hospice

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1441 South Midlothian Parkway; Suite 100
Midlothian, TX
 

Dr. Jepsin Maliyil specializes in family medicine. Dr. Maliyil has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, women's health issues, and chronic illness. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Her medical residency was performed at Baylor Medical Center at Garland. She accepts 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, Chronic Illness, Women's Health Issues

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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.