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

Dr. Iyad Radwan's specialties are general practice, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Radwan include warts, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Ariel M. Velasco M.D.
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
average rating 4.66 stars (6 ratings)
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX

Dr. Ariel Velasco specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Velasco is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Velasco include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Velasco attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Velasco takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Anil Sheth is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Sheth speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. He attended Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, and Elmhurst Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Sheth is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Ahmad-Rabia Alkhush M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.37 stars (6 ratings)
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. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Alkhush's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alkhush honors. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Alkhush completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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



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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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