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We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. Matthew Stephen is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephen takes. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Stephen completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Stephen has received distinctions including 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. He is 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 medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Piziak is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Piziak's residency was performed at Akron General Medical Center. Her distinctions include: 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. David Wenkert, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Wenkert sees patients in Temple, TX. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Wenkert accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Wenkert attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa. He is conversant in 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, who practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Before performing his residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Bryant attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Bryant accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Robert M. O'Neal Award; Nominee, Maxwell Johnson Memorial Award; and Magna Cum Laude. He is 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
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Ponder 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. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ponder include: 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's medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Challagulla honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. She completed her residency training 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. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Polycystic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His 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 accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Velasquez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Jacqueline Ann Lappin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jacqueline Lappin specializes in general surgery and transplant surgery and practices in Temple, TX, Houston, TX, and Cedar Park, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Lappin (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Gaelic. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Lappin studied medicine at National University of Ireland Galway, School of Medicine, the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health, and the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. For her residency, Dr. Lappin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly.

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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes

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. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Chapman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Chapman's residency was performed 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. Yoon Sin Kim, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Yoon Sin Kim practices family medicine. She honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Kim has received the following distinctions: Texas Monthly Super Doctors: Rising Star 2012, 2013, 2014; Texas Rising Stars; and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Gopalam is a graduate of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Gopalam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. She is professionally 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's specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include menopause, thyroid problems, and migraine. Dr. Swofford is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Swofford accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. Dr. Walker accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala is an internist. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his residency. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Primary Care Resident. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala is conversant in 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 is a general internist in Temple, TX and Georgetown, TX. Her education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency 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. Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Rashid is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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's specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Dr. Alqaid attended the University of Basrah College of Medicine for medical school. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alqaid is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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.