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We found 9 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Galaxy Health Network near Tomball, TX.

Dr. Richard James Foley, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
27720-a Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Richard Foley is an adult nephrology specialist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Foley is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Foley's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

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

Dr. Sabari Sundarraj is a family practitioner in Spring, TX, Houston, TX, and Magnolia, TX. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sundarraj attended medical school at Coimbatore Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Sundarraj include tropical diseases, diabetes, and thyroid problems. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sundarraj accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sundarraj has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, General Care, Premenstrual Dysphoric ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Casagrande's areas of specialization are family medicine and sleep medicine; he sees patients in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Casagrande average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, minor surgery, and ulcers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Casagrande welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Hypertension, Knee Problems, Minor Surgery, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Ulcers, High ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Imran Nathani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Nathani's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, depression, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. His residency was performed at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nathani is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Bursitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fehmida Vejlani sees patients in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), depression, and ulcers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Methodist. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, Dr. Vejlani completed her residency training at New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Vejlani honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Amenorrhea, Bursitis, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Hardeep Bal's medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bal include diabetes, obesity, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bal's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Preventive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kristy Heatly's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pap test, and minor surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Heatly honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Heatly attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Scott and White Healthcare for residency. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Arthritis, General Care, Pap Test, Preventive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Gunther is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Gunther average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gunther's areas of expertise include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and ulcers. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Gunther is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Morton's Neuroma, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Osteomyelitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kathleen Watson works as a family practitioner in Houston, TX, Conroe, TX, and Tomball, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Watson include diabetes, pap test, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Watson is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Scar Removal, High Cholesterol, General Care, Thyroid ... (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.