We found 16 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. David Wenkert's specialty is adult endocrinology. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wenkert graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Wenkert has received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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

Dr. Stephen Ponder's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Ponder's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ponder include: "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2017; Texas Diabetes Educator of the Year Award; and AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year Award. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

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

Dr. Veronica Piziak is a specialist in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Piziak is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piziak takes. Dr. Piziak is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a graduate of Akron General Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Piziak include: "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2004-2017; Best Doctors in America, 2000-2017; and Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Matthew Stephen is a pediatric endocrinologist in Round Rock, TX, Temple, TX, and College Station, TX. Dr. Stephen is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephen accepts. He attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. Dr. Stephen has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Research Scholar Award, University of Texas Health Science Center and Carey M. Pearcy Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Scott & White.

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

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

Dr. Sabita Challagulla's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Challagulla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Challagulla is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Her education and training includes medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

Dr. William Bryant specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Bryant performed his residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 3 Golden Apple Education Awards; Robert M. O'Neal Award; and Nominee, Maxwell Johnson Memorial Award. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

Dr. Jacqueline Ann Lappin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jacqueline Lappin is a specialist in general surgery. She works in Temple, TX and Cedar Park, TX. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lappin takes. She is a graduate of the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. Dr. Lappin's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2015, 2016, 2017. Dr. Lappin (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Gaelic. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes

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

Dr. Amy Chapman practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. Patients gave Dr. Chapman an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Chapman attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She has received the following distinctions: 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 professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

Dr. Juvenicio Velasquez is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Velasquez is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Daniel William Elliott, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Dan Elliott's area of specialization is family medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. Elliott is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Elliott attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Ayala works as an internist. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala's clinical interests include diabetes, primary care, and heart problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala accepts. For his professional training, Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Primary Care Resident. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez-Ayala is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

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

Dr. Ammar Alqaid works as a hospitalist. Dr. Alqaid 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. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alqaid accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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

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

Dr. Sadia Rashid sees patients in Temple, TX and Georgetown, TX. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. She 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 Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Rashid performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Rashid (or staff) speaks 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. Mithula Rao Gopalam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Medicine Chairman's Office
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Mithula Gopalam works as an internist in Temple, TX and Georgetown, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gopalam takes. She is a graduate of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center's residency program. In addition to English, 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

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

Dr. Stephen Walker specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Temple, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He 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. Before completing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare, Dr. Walker attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Marlow Robitaille Griggs, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1402 W Avenue H
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marlow Griggs practices family medicine in Temple, TX. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Griggs graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She has received the distinction of Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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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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