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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Bronze 6450/Houston HMOx near Tomball, TX.

Dr. Helen Hyun-Sun Hwang, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
27720-a Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Helen Lee is a nephrologist in Houston, TX, Humble, TX, and Tomball, TX. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Korean. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems

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

Dr. Imran Nathani's specialty 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. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency 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. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nathani's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Arsalan Shahzad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
455 School Street; Suite 11
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Arsalan Shahzad is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine. Dr. Shahzad attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shahzad takes. Dr. Shahzad is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Irfan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1205 Graham
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Muhammad Irfan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. Dr. Irfan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Irfan attended Dow Medical College for medical school. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. His practice 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Watson's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Watson has an open panel.

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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.