We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 003 near Tomball, TX.

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Dr. Imran Sattar Nathani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
27721 Tomball Parkway; Suite 200
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Imran Nathani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nathani include thyroid problems, depression, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Nathani average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nathani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Nathani has an open panel.

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Dr. Shujauddin Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Nephrology, Other
13406 Medical Complex Drive; Suite 150
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Shujauddin Bhuriwala, who practices in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Bhuriwala focuses on diabetes, kidney problems, and dialysis. Dr. Bhuriwala's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. Dr. Bhuriwala is a graduate of Dow Medical College. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

David Neil Gunther
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
18220 Tomball Parkway Drive; Suite 350
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Gunther specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Gunther include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and ulcers. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gunther is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gunther's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Fehmida Vejlani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
721 James Street
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Fehmida Vejlani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Vejlani's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), depression, and ulcers. She is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and Houston Methodist. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Vejlani's practice is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Vejlani attended medical school at Dow Medical College.

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Dr. Muhammad Irfan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
27721 Tomball Parkway; Suite 200
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Muhammad Irfan's specialty is general internal medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Irfan include knee problems, mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. Dr. Irfan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). Dr. Irfan welcomes 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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