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We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Temple, TX.

Dr. Veronica Kelly Piziak, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Veronica Piziak's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Piziak is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She trained at Akron General Medical Center for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Piziak has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors; National Lipid Faculty for Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Merck & Co.; and Osteoporosis Education Award.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Matthew David Stephen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Stephen practices pediatric endocrinology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Stephen studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Carey M. Pearcy Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Scott & White and Pediatric Research Scholar Award, University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. Dr. Stephen is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. David Wenkert, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Wenkert works as an adult endocrinologist in Temple, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Wenkert has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Patton Bryant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2401 S 31st St - Pediatrics
Temple, TX
 

Dr. William Bryant sees patients in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. His medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Bryant attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. He has received distinctions including Robert M. O'Neal Award; Nominee, Maxwell Johnson Memorial Award; and Magna Cum Laude.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

Dr. Stephen Winfield Ponder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Ponder attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ponder completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ponder is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; Third longest termed MD Certified Diabetes Instructor in the United States; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2015. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Sabita Challagulla, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sabita Challagulla works as an endocrinologist in Temple, TX, Denton, TX, and Austin, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Challagulla attended medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. Dr. Challagulla's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, Dr. Challagulla (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi.

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Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 South 31.street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez specializes in general internal medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velasquez accepts. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Velasquez attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Amy McLerran Chapman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Amy Chapman's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Chapman is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chapman takes. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member; and American Medical Women's Association, Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and Achievement Citation.

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Dr. Stephen Charles Walker, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Walker specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Temple, TX. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Walker takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at Scott and White Healthcare for his residency.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Mithula Rao Gopalam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Medicine Chairman's Office
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Mithula Gopalam works as an internist. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gopalam obtained her medical school training at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and performed her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gopalam (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Nicole Susanne Swofford, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1402 West Avenue H
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Nicole Swofford practices family medicine. Her areas of expertise include menopause, thyroid problems, and migraine. Dr. Swofford honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Primary Care Resident. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, General Care

Dr. Sadia Rashid, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2401 S 31st St Temple Tx 76508
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sadia Rashid's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Rashid trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Ammar Abdullah Alqaid, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ammar Alqaid, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. Alqaid is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at the University of Basrah College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Electrocardiogram, Anemia, Stroke, Emphysema, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Pneumonia, ... (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.