We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna PPO near Spring, TX.

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

Dr. Helen Lee's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Korean. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee takes.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems

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

Dr. Richard Foley is a specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Foley include diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Foley 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. His professional affiliations include 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. Naila Ramiz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 7-g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naila Ramiz is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramiz's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ramiz's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is conversant in Bengali. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Ramiz has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis

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

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. 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. Dr. Poonawala obtained his medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College and performed his residency at St. John's Hospital. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Poonawala is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (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's areas of specialization are adult critical care, general internal medicine, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hanif include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Hanif takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup Star, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA. Dr. Hanif (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Sardar Khan's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. On average, patients gave Dr. Khan a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Damian Chaupin specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Chaupin's areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Dr. Chaupin attended National University of San Marcos for medical school. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chaupin 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. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Joel Nachimson's medical specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Nachimson's areas of expertise include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Nachimson attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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

Dr. Mary Henson specializes in family medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include 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. Dr. Henson studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She 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

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

Dr. Robert Moore is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Spring, TX. His training includes a residency program at West Houston Medical Center. Dr. Moore's clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Moore is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Moore is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Ravi K Chundru, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
845 Fm 1960 Road W; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chundru is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include conjunctivitis (pink eye), diabetes, and blepharoplasty. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chundru honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for his residency. Dr. Chundru (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish. He is 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. Timothy E Irvine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21309 Foster Road; Suite 100
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Irvine works as a family practice physician in Spring, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Irvine's average patient rating 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Irvine (or staff) speaks 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)

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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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