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We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Galaxy Health Network near Tomball, TX.

Dr. Sabari Lakshmi Sundarraj, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7105 Fm 2920
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Sabari Sundarraj's area of specialization is family medicine. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sundarraj include tropical diseases, diabetes, and thyroid problems. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sundarraj attended medical school at Coimbatore Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sundarraj's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Michael Gerard Casagrande, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sleep Medicine
506 Graham Drive; Suite 290
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Michael Casagrande practices family medicine and sleep medicine in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Casagrande graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, minor surgery, and ulcers. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Casagrande takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Imran Sattar Nathani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1205 Graham Drive
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Imran Nathani's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, depression, and crohn's disease. Dr. Nathani's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nathani is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Nathani completed residency programs at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois.

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Dr. Kristy Deann Heatly, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13406 Medical Complex Drive; Suite 180
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Kristy Heatly practices family medicine. After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heatly include diabetes, pap test, and minor surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Heatly's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Fehmida Vejlani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
721 James Street
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Fehmida Vejlani works as a general internist. Dr. Vejlani's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), depression, and ulcers. She is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Methodist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Vejlani attended medical school at Dow Medical College.

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Dr. Hardeep Kaur Bal, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7105 Fm 2920
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Hardeep Bal practices family medicine in Spring, TX and Houston, TX. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and depression. Dr. Bal accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bal is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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David Neil Gunther
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
18220 Tomball Parkway Drive; Suite 350
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Gunther's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Gunther is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, arthroscopic surgery, and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gunther is open to new patients.

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Dr. Kathleen Ann Watson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
24721 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Watson practices family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and thyroid problems. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Watson is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Watson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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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.