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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. 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. Ahmad-Rabia S Al-Khush, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 330
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ahmad-Rabia Alkhush sees patients in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Alkhush a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alkhush include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Alkhush graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Preventive Care, Chronic Illness

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)

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 140
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Abigail Elliott's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. She practices in Conroe, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. Elliott's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, microsurgery, and geriatric health. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Elliott welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Microsurgery, Bursitis, Hammer Toe, Morton's Neuroma, Fractures, Osteomyelitis, Ankle Problems, ... (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.
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