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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 endocrinologist in Houston, TX, Texas City, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Khan studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include diabetes, thyroid problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan honors. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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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 specialties are family medicine and general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Le include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Le is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Le 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. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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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 is a family medicine practitioner in Pasadena, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Ponce is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ponce speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 practice physician. These areas are among Dr. Zamora's clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a graduate of JPS Health Network's residency program. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zamora 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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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. Dr. Nguyen has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. Before completing his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center, Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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 addition to English, she speaks Persian. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). Dr. Ghadiri is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She graduated from Isfahan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghadiri takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 and practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lingamfelter include sinusitis (sinus infection), warts, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Lingamfelter is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lingamfelter accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Phillip Aguilar works as a family practitioner. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave Dr. Aguilar a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aguilar is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 works as an internist and pediatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ware include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and pap test. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ware honors. Dr. Ware's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ware is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Ross's clinical interests: warts, sports health, and laser treatment. The average patient rating for Dr. Ross is 2.5 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. Ross accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Chittimireddy's clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and depression. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad for medical school, Dr. Chittimireddy completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to 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.