We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near Richmond, TX.

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Shahid Hasnain M.D.
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 4.87 stars (33 ratings)
22001 Southwest Freeway; Suite 115
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Hasnain's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hasnain include knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hasnain is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Hasnain attended medical school at Dow Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hasnain's office for an appointment.

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Bryan Jay Blonder DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.98 stars (15 ratings)
4911 Sand Hill Drive
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Blonder practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Blonder has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include menopause, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Blonder is open to new patients. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. C Funsho Fagbohun PH.D., M.D.
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.92 stars (24 ratings)
1601 Liberty Street; Suite A
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. C. Funsho Fagbohun is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Fagbohun's education and training includes medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. His clinical interests include high risk pregnancy, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and infertility. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fagbohun accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Syed A. Gardezi MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1628 Crabb River Road; Suite B
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Syed Gardezi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes. Dr. Gardezi honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is a graduate of Allama Iqbal Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. His 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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