We found 55 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Missouri City, TX.

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

Dr. Jose Zavaleta's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Zavaleta accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Sheila Gunn is a pediatric endocrinologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her clinical interests include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Gunn is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. Dr. Gunn is in-network 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: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

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

Dr. Nadya Alibhai is a general internist in Missouri City, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Alibhai (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Alibhai attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alibhai honors.

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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 is an internist in Sugar Land, TX. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Via accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Alan Glombicki works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Glombicki's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Glombicki completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. 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 welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Salman Siraj Aly, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1201 Creekway Drive; Suite B
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Salman Aly practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Wharton, TX. Dr. Aly's areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aly accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Aly attended Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College for medical school. Dr. Aly (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Aly is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Asthma, Wounds, Hypotension

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

Dr. Gary Mason is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Houston, TX. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). These areas are among Dr. Mason's clinical interests: diabetes, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Mason (or staff) speaks Chinese and Vietnamese. Dr. Mason's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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

Dr. Saira Sadrudin Hirani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 205
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Saira Hirani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Hirani's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hirani is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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

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. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include comprehensive ophthalmology. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca practices adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Baranowska-Daca studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is conversant in Polish. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Lupus, High Cholesterol, ... (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; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Dr. Ajani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 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. Michael Kai-Jia Lam, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
7789 Southwest Freeway; Suite 530
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Lam practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) in Houston, TX. Dr. Lam is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Infections, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Geraldine Concepta Gossard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
14023 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Geraldine Gossard is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She studied medicine at National University of Ireland Galway, School of Medicine, the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health, and the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gossard is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Menopause, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Manuel Salcedo Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
7737 Southwest Freeway; Suite 570
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Salcedo's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Dr. Salcedo's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 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 attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Salcedo is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Bronchitis, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Nutrition Issues, Weight ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bhagwat Patel is a general internist. His clinical interests include knee problems, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider 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 accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Pankaj K Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8200 Wednesbury Lane; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah is an adult pulmonologist in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Dr. Shah attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Sleep ... (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.
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