We found 10 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 2000 1 near Nassau Bay, TX.

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

Dr. Katherine Hwu's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hwu include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Hwu is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Frank Ponce is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Ponce takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ponce is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mario Assouad, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mario Assouad is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Assouad (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, HIV/AIDS, Dialysis

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

Dr. Alvaro Zamora specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. Dr. Zamora is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zamora is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a graduate of JPS Health Network's residency program. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Spirometry, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Pap Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Ross, MD
Specializes in Podiatry, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ross' medical specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include warts, sports health, and laser treatment. Dr. Ross 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 professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Laser Treatment, Ankle Problems, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Garcia sees patients in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 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. Garcia takes. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balakrishnan include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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; he sees patients in Nassau Bay, TX and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Nguyen average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Phillip Aguilar sees patients in Webster, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Aguilar's clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aguilar's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital.

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

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar is a specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agraharkar include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Agraharkar's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Agraharkar is accepting 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.
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