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Dr. Katherine Hwu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
940 Clear Lake City Boulevard; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Hwu is a pediatric endocrinologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hwu include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Hwu takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Sonya Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sonya Khan is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include thyroid problems, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and paget's disease. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khan welcomes new patients.

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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. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Dugano-Daphnis completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Dugano-Daphnis is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Michael Kai-Jia Lam, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
561 Medical Ctr Boulevard; Suite E
Webster, 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. 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). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, minor surgery, and laser treatment. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia honors. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Garcia is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Dr. Steven Timothy Dennis II, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Steven Dennis' specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. He practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dennis include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dennis attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Hermann for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Alvaro Zamora's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zamora include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and pap test. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then he performed his residency at JPS Health Network. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zamora is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Smriti Dubey Choudhary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Smriti Choudhary practices general internal medicine in Webster, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Choudhary include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Choudhary graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Mumbai. Dr. Choudhary's patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Zenithe Pierre Pierre, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Zenithe Pierre's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. She practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Pierre studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and primary care. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierre takes. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Niloufar Ghadiri practices general internal medicine in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ghadiri at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghadiri include diabetes, obesity, and hypotension (low blood pressure). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Ghadiri graduated from Isfahan Medical School. Dr. Ghadiri's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She speaks Persian.

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

Dr. Bay Nguyen's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Nguyen 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. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mark Allen Hooker, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17030 Highway 3
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Mark Hooker specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hooker's clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at Memorial Hermann.

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

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar's medical specialty is adult nephrology. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agraharkar include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Agraharkar takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Agraharkar is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

William J Capece
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
17630 Highway; 3 Ste A
Webster, TX
 

Dr. William Capece's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Webster, TX. Dr. Capece is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He trained at West Houston Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Dr. Shahnaz Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3348 E Fm; 528 Road
Friendswood, TX
 

Dr. Shahnaz Khan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Friendswood, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Khan is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Sindh Medical College.

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Dr. Sasikala Chittimireddy, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sasikala Chittimireddy's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Chittimireddy obtained her medical school training at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and depression. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chittimireddy is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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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