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We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare HMO near Nassau Bay, TX.

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

Dr. Sonya Khan is an adult endocrinology specialist. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include diabetes, thyroid problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan's practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Christine Huong Le, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Christine Le's medical specialty is family medicine and general internal medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Le accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Le (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Le is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She 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. Niloufar Ghadiri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri is a general internist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ghadiri at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Isfahan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. Dr. Ghadiri's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sam Lingamfelter specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Lingamfelter's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lingamfelter has an open panel.

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

Dr. Zenithe Ware specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and pap test. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ware honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ware graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Sasikala Chittimireddy is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Chittimireddy's clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chittimireddy's office for an appointment.

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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.