We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Advantage near Katy, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
21308 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Veena Watwe practices adult endocrinology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and bone problems. Dr. Watwe's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Watwe attended medical school at B.J. Medical College. Dr. Watwe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems

Dr. Vidhya Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1450 W Grand Parkway S; Suite G-190
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Vidhya Subramanian's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Subramanian's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. She attended the University of Mumbai and then went on to complete her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Subramanian has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Pituitary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Krishna Kumar Raman, MD
Specializes in Nephrology, Other
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Krishna Raman is a nephrology (kidney disease) specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Raman is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Raman (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi. Dr. Raman's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Dialysis

Dr. Anil U Sheth, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 West Grand Parkway North; Suite 320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Anil Sheth is a nephrologist in Houston, TX, Cypress, TX, and Katy, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sheth include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheth honors. He attended Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Sheth speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis

Dr. Michael Kai-Jia Lam, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 575
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Michael Lam's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Lam is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Infections, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Ariel M Velasco, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Velasco is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Velasco include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velasco accepts. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. His medical residency was performed at Catholic Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Velasco speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Guerra Diaz, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 345
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Diaz works as a family practitioner in Katy, TX. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Diaz average 2.5 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Aviation ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21238 Kingsland Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Basti Thampoe practices general internal medicine in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, obesity, and geriatric health. Dr. Thampoe is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Telugu. Dr. Thampoe is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Preventive Care, Weight Loss, Geriatric Health

Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
23510 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 101
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Titus Venyah works as a family medicine physician and geriatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Venyah include diabetes, geriatric health, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Venyah graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then he performed his residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Venyah honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Alzheimer's Disease, Wounds, Pain ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
21324 Provincial Boulevard; Suite B
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Iyad Radwan's medical specialty is vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include warts, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Radwan honors. He attended medical school at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Skin Biopsy, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Rahul Prakash, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Prakash works as a nephrologist. His clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. Prakash at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Prakash graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

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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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