We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Cigna Gold HMO near Nassau Bay, TX.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Frank Ponce works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Ponce speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Ponce completed his residency training at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He accepts 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.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Pamela Denise Dugano - Daphnis, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
333 N Texas Avenue; Suite 4100
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Pamela Dugano-Daphnis' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis 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. She attended Meharry Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Ross, MD
Specializes in Podiatry, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ross is a foot doctor and orthopedist. The average patient rating for Dr. Ross is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include warts, sports health, and laser treatment. Dr. Ross honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Ross's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Laser Treatment, Ankle Problems, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles A Garcia, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Charles Garcia, who practices in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Garcia is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garcia is especially interested in diabetes, macular problems, and minor surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Garcia has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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All Interests: Eye Exam, Minor Surgery, Laser Treatment, Diabetes, Macular Problems, LASIK, Eye Problems, Cornea ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
2045 Space Park Drive; Suite 170
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bay Nguyen's medical specialty is general practice, family medicine, and general pediatrics. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. Patient reviews placed Dr. Nguyen at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Sinusitis, Ulcers, Anemia, Hay Fever, High Cholesterol, Asthma

Dr. Phillip Mark Aguilar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Aguilar specializes in family medicine and practices in Webster, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Aguilar is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Aguilar's medical residency was performed at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar is an adult nephrology specialist in League City, TX, Webster, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Agraharkar accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Hypotension, 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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