We found 15 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 works as a pediatric endocrinologist. He studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Stephen's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Temple, TX. Dr. Piziak has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piziak takes. She attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Piziak trained at Akron General Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Texas Super Doctors; National Lipid Faculty for Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Merck & Co.; and Osteoporosis Education Award. She is 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. He works in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Bryant takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bryant has received include 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
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder sees patients in Odessa, TX, Temple, TX, and Corpus Christi, TX. His medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Patients gave him an average rating 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Ponder attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ponder has received 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 sees patients in Temple, TX, Denton, TX, and Austin, TX. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Challagulla is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. Her residency was performed 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 professionally 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 is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Velasquez is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. 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. He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist in Temple, TX, Houston, TX, and Cedar Park, TX. Dr. Lappin is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She attended medical school 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 professional training, Dr. Lappin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lappin include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly. Dr. Lappin (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Gaelic. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes

Dr. Yoon Sin Kim, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Yoon Sin Kim is a family medicine physician. She is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Kim's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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. Amy McLerran Chapman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Amy Chapman works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and OB/GYN in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Chapman performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Chapman 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 professionally 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 works as an internist in Temple, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Georgetown, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gopalam accepts. She obtained her medical school training at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and performed her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Gopalam (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Gopalam 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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Temple, TX. Dr. Walker 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 attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Scott and White Healthcare for residency. He 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 area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Swofford is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swofford include menopause, thyroid problems, and migraine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Swofford 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's specialty is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. He 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 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 practices general internal medicine in Temple, TX and Georgetown, TX. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Rashid attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Rashid is professionally 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 works as a hospitalist. Dr. Alqaid accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Basrah College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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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