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We found 60 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Missouri City, TX.

Dr. Sheila Kaye Gunn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
15400 Southwest Freeway; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sheila Gunn is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Gunn is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Gunn attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

Dr. Jose Fernando Zavaleta, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7737 Southwest Freeway; Suite 415
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jose Zavaleta works as an adult endocrinologist in Houston, TX. After attending the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Zavaleta has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Mammogram, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Linda Lan Anh Ly, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
560 Meyerland Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Ly specializes in family medicine. Dr. Ly is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ly has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive Care

Dr. Gary Jerome Sheppard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gary Sheppard practices general internal medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sheppard is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Sheppard attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Nadyabanu Abdulmalik Alibhai, MPH, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7010 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX
 

Dr. Nadya Alibhai's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Alibhai include diabetes, cancer screening, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Alibhai (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish.

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All Interests: Cancer Screening, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Elizabeth Torres Torres, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15200 Southwest Freeway; Suite 301
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Via practices general internal medicine in Sugar Land, TX. She attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Via has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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All Interests: Menopause, Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Mammogram, Weight Management, Diabetes

Dr. Edward Kai-Wah Chan, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4675 Highway; 6 Ste B
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests encompass comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Diabetes, Photorefractive Keratectomy, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Retina ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Paul Glombicki, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
7737 Southwest Frwy; Suite 840
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alan Glombicki specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Glombicki is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Glombicki completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Glombicki's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Burns, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saira Sadrudin Hirani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15200 Southwest Frwy; Suite 210
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Saira Hirani's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Hirani's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), 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. Hirani takes. She studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Hirani is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sistla Bala Krishna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7737 Southwest Frwy; Suite 805
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sistla Krishna works as an internist and geriatrician in Houston, TX. He studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Krishna is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ear Problems, Heart Problems, Nose Problems, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Joint Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary I Mason, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 934
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gary Mason works as an ophthalmologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mason is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Before completing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Mason attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mason (or staff) speaks Chinese and Vietnamese. Dr. Mason is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilawar Ajani, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dilawar Ajani's areas of specialization are general practice and general internal medicine. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ajani honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Gynecological Problems, Stress EKG, Pap Test, Mammogram

Dr. Bhagwat Purushottam Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1250 Creek Way Drive; Suite 100
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bhagwat Patel works as an internist. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include knee problems, thyroid problems, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Shoulder Problems, Sickle ... (Read more)

Dr. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 1052
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca works as a nephrologist. Dr. Baranowska-Daca's clinical interests include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Medical University of Lublin. She speaks Polish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Baranowska-Daca welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Lupus, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Genetics, Geriatrics
138 Eldridge; Suite E
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Alice Ajim works as an internist, genetics specialist, and geriatrician. Dr. Ajim studied medicine at the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ajim include warts, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Ajim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir Ramsis Ghebranious, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10950 Resource Park; Suite A
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Amir Ghebranious works as a general internist. Dr. Ghebranious has a special interest in diabetes, menopause, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more.

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All Interests: Menopause, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

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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.