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We found 6 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Cigna Gold HMO near Nassau Bay, TX.

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

Dr. Pamela Dugano-Daphnis is a Webster, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dugano-Daphnis accepts. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Dugano-Daphnis performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Frank Ponce works as a family medicine practitioner in Pasadena, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Ponce speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Ponce trained at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital for his residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ponce has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Bay Nguyen's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general pediatrics. Dr. Nguyen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. R. Sam Sam Lingamfelter, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sam Lingamfelter is a family medicine practitioner. Patients rated Dr. Lingamfelter highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lingamfelter include sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has an open panel. Dr. Lingamfelter studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Issues, Neck Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Mark Aguilar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Aguilar specializes in family medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Aguilar is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Aguilar has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, Weight Loss

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar is a nephrologist. Dr. Agraharkar's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Agraharkar's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Hypotension, Dialysis

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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.