We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Temple, TX.

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Dr. Stephen Winfield Ponder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Ponder's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Ponder's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; Third longest termed MD Certified Diabetes Instructor in the United States; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2015.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. David Wenkert, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Wenkert is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Wenkert accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the following distinction: Phi Beta Kappa. He is conversant in French. Dr. Wenkert is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew David Stephen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Stephen practices pediatric endocrinology in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Stephen is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stephen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Stephen has received professional recognition including the following: Carey M. Pearcy Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Scott & White and Pediatric Research Scholar Award, University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Veronica K Piziak, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Veronica Piziak is an adult endocrinology specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Piziak at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Akron General Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; National Lipid Faculty for Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Merck & Co.; and Osteoporosis Education Award.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. William P Bryant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. William Bryant specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Bryant honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bryant include: Robert M. O'Neal Award; Nominee, Maxwell Johnson Memorial Award; and Magna Cum Laude. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Sabita Challagulla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sabita Challagulla works as an adult endocrinologist in Temple, TX and Austin, TX. Dr. Challagulla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She graduated from NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Challagulla takes.

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All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Polycystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy McLerran Chapman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Amy Chapman is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Dr. Chapman's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chapman honors. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Chapman's distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member; and American Medical Women's Association, Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and Achievement Citation. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometrial Ablation, Supracervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez's specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Velasquez takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Velasquez is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala is a general internist. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, primary care, and heart problems. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His training includes a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala has received the following distinction: Texas Primary Care Resident. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Stephen C Walker, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Walker practices general internal medicine. Dr. Walker is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Scott and White Healthcare's residency program. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Sadia Rashid, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2401 S 31st St Temple Tx 76508
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sadia Rashid's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rashid honors. Dr. Rashid obtained her medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

Dr. Ammar Abdullah Alqaid, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ammar Alqaid is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Alqaid is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He attended the University of Basrah College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Electrocardiogram, Anemia, Stroke, Emphysema, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Pneumonia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mithula Rao Gopalam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Medicine Chairman's Office
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Mithula Gopalam practices general internal medicine. Dr. Gopalam's education and training includes medical school at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Gopalam (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Gopalam is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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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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