We found 63 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 sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gunn include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Gunn is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Zavaleta average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Dr. Zavaleta takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zavaleta is a graduate of the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Nadya Alibhai's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Alibhai (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cancer screening, and hypertension (high blood pressure). After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Alibhai performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She takes United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Linda Ly works as a family practitioner. Dr. Ly is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Ly has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is conversant in Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive Care

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. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Via is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Via studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Via trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received the distinction of 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
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alan Glombicki is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Glombicki average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, anemia, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Glombicki is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is open to 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's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aly graduated from Central America Health Sciences University, Belize Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Dr. Aly (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Aly is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Mason include diabetes, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Dr. Mason is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mason accepts. Dr. Mason (or staff) is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with 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. Gary Jerome Sheppard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gary Sheppard is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheppard honors. Dr. Sheppard's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Saira Hirani works as a general internist. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Hirani is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hirani's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Krishna accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. He 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. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 1052
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX, Lack Jackson, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. She graduated from Medical University of Lublin. These areas are among Dr. Baranowska-Daca's clinical interests: 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. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is accepting 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 is a general practitioner and internist. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Dr. Ajani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Ajani attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences for medical school.

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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's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Lam attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Lam is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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

Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
16701 Creek Bend Drive; #500
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Titus Venyah is a family medicine physician and geriatrician. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Venyah include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a graduate of Genesys Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Venyah's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Alzheimer's Disease, Wounds, Pain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Chan is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Chan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chan accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare.

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