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We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Guardian near Sugar Land, TX.

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

Dr. Namrata Goel's specialty is adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Goel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Goel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goel welcomes 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, General Pediatrics
16651 Southwest Freeway; Suite 300
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Maya Patel practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Patel has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Rueywen Pi Chen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rueywen Chen's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chen accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Back Pain, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Priti Jadav works as a general internist and adolescent medicine specialist in Sugar Land, TX. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Dr. Jadav honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from Medical College Baroda. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Jadav has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. George Bakatsas is a foot doctor. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bakatsas include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Bakatsas accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital for residency. Dr. Bakatsas is professionally affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Asha Kohli's medical specialty is general practice and family medicine. Dr. Kohli's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of Lady Hardinge Medical College. Her average patient rating is 3.0 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. Kohli honors. Dr. Kohli is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Keith Kiser is a family practice physician in Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), knee problems, and warts. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kiser honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kiser is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Thyroid Problems, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Contact Dermatitis, ... (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.