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We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 2000 1 near Nassau Bay, TX.

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

Dr. Katherine Hwu is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Hwu is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Phillip Dukeal Kwaiyuen Lee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2785 Gulf Freeway South; #2.200
League City, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Lee is a pediatric endocrinologist in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). He 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Lee attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Mario Assouad is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. He attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Assouad's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Assouad accepts. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Charles Garcia is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Garcia is especially interested in diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. His 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Garcia has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Frank Joseph Iii Ponce III, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Frank Ponce's medical specialty is family medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Ponce is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Dr. Ponce attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Alvaro Francisco Zamora, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Alvaro Zamora works as a family practitioner. His areas of expertise include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zamora is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at JPS Health Network for residency. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zamora is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zamora welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Bay Van Nguyen, MD
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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen's areas of expertise include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at Tulsa Regional Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Nguyen is 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. Phillip Mark Aguilar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Aguilar's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Aguilar's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Dr. Aguilar attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar is an adult nephrologist. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. Dr. Agraharkar's clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Ross is a medical specialist in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, sports health, and laser treatment. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ross honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ross is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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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.