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Dr. Rajiv Dattatreya, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2021 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 225
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rajiv Dattatreya works as an endocrinologist. Dr. Dattatreya attended medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). He trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Dattatreya is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dattatreya accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Dattatreya (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Dattatreya is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Cristina Virginia Valdez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Cristina Valdez is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. The average patient rating for Dr. Valdez is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Valdez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Jane Frances Ensey, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2000 Esters Road; Suite 112
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Jane Ensey practices family medicine in Irving, TX, Colleyville, TX, and Grapevine, TX. These areas are among Dr. Ensey's clinical interests: diabetes, immunization (preventive vaccines), and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ensey takes. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Bradley Scott Jones, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 W Ih 635 Freeway; Suite 200
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Bradley Jones' specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Jones include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Jones is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Tenesha Richole Chappell, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Tenesha Chappell works as a general internist. Dr. Chappell's clinical interests include diabetes, primary care, and diabetes management. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 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. Chappell accepts. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Juan Martinez is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Irving, TX and Dallas, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martinez include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), hepatitis C, and celiac disease. Dr. Martinez takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Parkland Community Health Plan, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC).

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rikin Patel sees patients in Irving, TX and Dallas, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Patel is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Las Colinas. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2021 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 520
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dilg's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Dilg's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 W Ih 635 Freeway; Suite 200, Plaza I
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Jenifer Welsh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), diabetes, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Welsh takes. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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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