We found 15 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 a specialist in adult endocrinology and adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Acosta has a special interest in diabetes. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX, Humble, TX, and Tomball, TX. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Korean. In her practice, Dr. Lee focuses on diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Her professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Lee is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a general internist in Houston, TX. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Poonawala's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. After attending Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. John's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Poonawala honors. Dr. Poonawala welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Muhammad Hanif works as an adult critical care specialist, internist, and adult pulmonologist. In addition to English, Dr. Hanif (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Dr. Hanif attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup Star, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Hanif welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. 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. Dr. Khan's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Joel Nachimson practices family medicine in Houston, TX and Magnolia, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nachimson include diabetes. Dr. Nachimson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts 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, Dr. Nachimson 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ramiz is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Dhaka Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ramiz completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Ramiz is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Richard James Foley, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
607 Timberdale Lane; #201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Foley's specialty is adult nephrology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Foley's clinical interests include diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

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

Dr. Blandina Sison is a family practitioner. Dr. Sison's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sison include diabetes, pap test, and anemia. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Sison is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin's medical specialty is general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. After attending National University of San Marcos for medical school, he completed his residency training at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Dr. Chaupin's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaupin speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Ravi Chundru is an ophthalmologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Chundru (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Chundru include conjunctivitis (pink eye), diabetes, and blepharoplasty. Dr. Chundru is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Chundru attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chundru takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Timothy Irvine specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Irvine (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. Dr. Irvine's clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Irvine studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He 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.

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

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

Dr. Hardeep Bal is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bal include diabetes, obesity, and depression. The average patient rating for Dr. Bal is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bal takes. She studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bal is accepting 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 works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Moore's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Moore trained at West Houston Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 is a family practice physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Henson include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Henson's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Henson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting 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.
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