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Specializes in Podiatry
15200 Southwest Freeway; Suite 375
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. George Bakatsas is a podiatrist. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, arthroscopic surgery, and osteomyelitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bakatsas accepts. He trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Morton's Neuroma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Namrata S Sharma Goel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Namrata Goel is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Goel include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Goel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Goel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Endocrine Diseases, Dialysis

Dr. Maya R Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16651 Southwest Freeway; Suite 300
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Maya Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Patel accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Priti Jadav's specialties are general internal medicine and adolescent medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Dr. Jadav's average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Jadav is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Musculoskeletal Pain, Incontinence, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Asha Kohli specializes in general practice and family medicine and practices in Missouri City, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Kohli average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kohli include warts, menopause, and thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kohli honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Keith Kiser's specialty is family medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), knee problems, and warts. Dr. Kiser is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kiser is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Gynecologic Procedures, Contact Dermatitis, Shoulder ... (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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