We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near Richmond, TX.

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Dr. Shahid Hasnain, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
22001 Southwest Freeway; Suite 115
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Hasnain specializes in general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). Dr. Hasnain is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Dr. Hasnain trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Syed Ali Raza Gardezi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1628 Crabb River Road; Suite B
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Syed Gardezi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Allama Iqbal Medical College. In Dr. Gardezi's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gardezi is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. C. Funsho Fagbohun, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 Liberty Street; Suite A
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. C. Fagbohun is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fagbohun completed a residency program at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. Dr. Fagbohun's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and biopsy. Dr. Fagbohun has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Bryan Jay Blonder, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4911 Sand Hill Drive
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Blonder is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Sugar Land, TX. He attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Blonder's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), amenorrhea (missed periods), and endometriosis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Blonder is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sloan Gordon, MD
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway; Suite 530
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sloan Gordon's medical specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine), foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gordon average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gordon include osteomyelitis, sports health, and laser treatment. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His 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.
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