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We found 8 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 practices pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Hwu has a special interest in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hwu completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. 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 practices pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include diabetes. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Balakrishnan attended Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his 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)

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

Dr. Frank Ponce's specialty is family medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Ponce's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ponce is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Alvaro Zamora works as a family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zamora include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zamora takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at JPS Health Network for residency. Dr. Zamora is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zamora has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Bay Nguyen's specialties are general practice, family medicine, and general pediatrics. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen's residency was performed at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nguyen's 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 is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Aguilar's areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Dr. Aguilar attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Aguilar's average patient rating is 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Agraharkar include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Agraharkar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Agraharkar's office for an appointment.

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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.