We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. Matthew Stephen's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephen takes. He obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. His distinctions include: 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. Veronica Kelly Piziak, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Veronica Piziak's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Piziak is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Akron General Medical Center. She has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; National Lipid Faculty for Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Merck & Co.; and Osteoporosis Education Award. Dr. Piziak is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. William Bryant is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Bryant attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Robert M. O'Neal Award; Nominee, Maxwell Johnson Memorial Award; and Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Bryant is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Stephen Winfield Ponder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Odessa, TX, Temple, TX, and Corpus Christi, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ponder trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ponder is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; Third longest termed MD Certified Diabetes Instructor in the United States; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2015.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Sabita Challagulla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sabita Challagulla is an adult endocrinologist. Dr. Challagulla takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Challagulla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Challagulla is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez works as a general internist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Velasquez's education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Velasquez 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 specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Chapman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gopalam honors. Dr. Gopalam (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Stephen Walker's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Walker is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at Scott and 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 in Terrell, TX, Dallas, TX, and Temple, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Swofford include menopause, thyroid problems, and migraine. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Swofford is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Blue Choice, and more.

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

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala has received the following distinction: Texas Primary Care Resident.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Rashid graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Rashid is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as 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). He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alqaid 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 is conversant in Arabic.

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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.