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We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna PPO near Spring, TX.

Dr. Luis Silvio Acosta, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Adult Nephrology
324 Fm 1960 Road E; #106
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Acosta is an adult endocrinologist and nephrologist in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. His clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Acosta is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Acosta is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Helen Hyun-Sun Hwang, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
607 Timberdale Lane; #201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Helen Lee is a nephrologist. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Korean. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems

Dr. Ashiqueali I Poonawala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17506 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala works as a general internist in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at St. John's Hospital, Dr. Poonawala attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Poonawala takes. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Edward Nachimson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 7j
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joel Nachimson sees patients in Houston, TX and Magnolia, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes. Dr. Nachimson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nachimson is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Naila Ramiz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 7-g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naila Ramiz practices general internal medicine in Houston, TX. In her practice, Dr. Ramiz focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from Dhaka Medical College. Dr. Ramiz's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She speaks Bengali. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Muhammad Hanif, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
17506 Red Oak Drive; #1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Muhammad Hanif's medical specialty is adult critical care, general internal medicine, and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hanif include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanif honors. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Elmhurst Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Hanif (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Hanif is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Sports Health, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Bursitis, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Sardar A Daud Daud Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
714 Fm 1960 Road W
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sardar Khan is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Houston, TX. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Blandina Caducoy Sison, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine
837 Fm 1960 West; Suite 105
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Blandina Sison specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine and practices in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Sison include diabetes, pap test, and anemia. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She studied medicine at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sison's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Damian Victorio Chaupin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, he performed his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Dr. Chaupin's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chaupin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Chaupin is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Breast Biopsy, Bursitis, Circumcision, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Edward Irvine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21309 Foster Road; Suite 100
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Irvine's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Irvine include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Irvine (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language and Spanish. Dr. Irvine is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Family Planning, Hypertension, Sinus Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Krishna Chundru, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
845 Fm 1960 Road W; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chundru is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Chundru's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), diabetes, and blepharoplasty. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Chundru attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Dr. Chundru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Spanish. Dr. Chundru is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Conjunctivitis, Cataract Surgery, Eyelid Problems, Diabetes, LASIK, Eyelid Surgery, Comprehensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Hardeep Kaur Bal, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1140 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hardeep Bal sees patients in Spring, TX and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bal include diabetes, obesity, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bal accepts. Dr. Bal is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Preventive ... (Read more)

Robert James Moore III
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
21309 Foster Road; Suite 200
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Robert Moore's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Moore is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. For his professional training, Dr. Moore completed a residency program at West Houston Medical Center. Dr. Moore speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Incontinence, Family Planning, Sinus Problems, Fractures, Migraine, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Katherine Henson, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
635 Rayford Road; Suite C
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Mary Henson's area of specialization is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Henson average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Henson honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Henson is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Smoking Cessation

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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.