We found 15 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Nassau Bay, TX.

Dr. Katherine Hwu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
940 Clear Lake City Boulevard; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Hwu's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hwu attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hwu's clinical interests encompass diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Sonya Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sonya Khan sees patients in Houston, TX, Texas City, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Her medical specialties are adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient ratings for Dr. Khan average 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khan's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Pamela Dugano-Daphnis is a general internist in Webster, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Dugano-Daphnis average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Charles A Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. Dr. Garcia's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Garcia takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Zenithe Pierre Pierre, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Zenithe Ware's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among Dr. Ware's clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and pap test. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Ware completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvaro Zamora is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zamora include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at JPS Health Network, Dr. Zamora attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Zamora has an open panel.

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Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Ghadiri's clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She attended medical school at Isfahan Medical School. Dr. Ghadiri's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ghadiri's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Smriti Dubey Choudhary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Smriti Choudhary works as an internist. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Choudhary include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Choudhary honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Mumbai. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Choudhary is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Sam Lingamfelter's specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Lingamfelter is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Lingamfelter is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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William J Capece
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
17630 Highway; 3 Ste A
Webster, TX
 

Dr. William Capece's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. His training includes a residency program at West Houston Medical Center. Dr. Capece honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Bay Nguyen is a general practitioner, family medicine physician, and pediatrician. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. Dr. Nguyen 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. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

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

Dr. Shahnaz Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3348 E Fm; 528 Road
Friendswood, TX
 

Dr. Shahnaz Khan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Khan studied medicine at Sindh Medical College. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar works as a nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agraharkar include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Agraharkar is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Sasikala Chittimireddy, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sasikala Chittimireddy's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pap test, and depression. The average patient rating for Dr. Chittimireddy is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University, Dr. Chittimireddy attended Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad for medical school. Dr. Chittimireddy is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Mark Hooker, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17030 Highway 3
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Mark Hooker sees patients in Webster, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hooker include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann, Dr. Hooker attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Hooker is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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