We found 92 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Unicare near Carol Stream, IL.

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 202
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sathananthan include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sathananthan takes. Her education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Sathananthan is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Carrie Ann Zimmer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Carrie Zimmer's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zimmer include diabetes and thyroid problems. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zimmer accepts. Dr. Zimmer has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 419
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar is an endocrinologist in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kassar include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Kassar accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Kassar's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Paul Steven Menet, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
245 S Gary Avenue; Suite 202
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Paul Menet practices adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Menet include thyroid problems, endometrial cancer, and headache. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Menet honors. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Menet speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Menet welcomes new patients.

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Dr. William C Bayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. William Bayer, who practices in Carol Stream, IL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Bayer is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bayer is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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Dr. Zeenat Parveen, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
371 S Main Place
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Zeenat Parveen works as an endocrinologist. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Dr. Parveen's areas of expertise include diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She graduated from Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital. Dr. Parveen trained at Westlake Hospital for her residency. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Heart Failure, Blood Pressure Problems, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Aileen Hariman Westrick, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Aileen Westrick sees patients in Carol Stream, IL. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Westrick include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Westrick accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Daesman N Suri, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Daesman Suri sees patients in Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Suri's clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Suri attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Mandeep S Kohli, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Mandeep Kohli specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Bloomingdale, IL. His areas of expertise include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kohli graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kohli completed a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Sunil N Matiwala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Sunil Matiwala is a general internist in Bloomingdale, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Matiwala include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Surat and performed his residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Blood Pressure Problems, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Geoffrey Stephen Kuhlman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
885 E Roosevelt Road; Suite 101
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Kuhlman practices family medicine in Bolingbrook, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kuhlman include well woman gynecology, strains, and cancer screening. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Dr. Kuhlman has a closed panel.

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Dr. Jon Paul Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Jon Gieser works as an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Gieser is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser has an open panel.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Retina Problems, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Christopher G Santi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Christopher Santi is a general internist and pediatrician in Wheaton, IL. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santi is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Michael Jerry McGraw, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
245 S Gary Avenue; Suite 100
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael McGraw's medical specialty is family medicine. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McGraw include diabetes and preventive care. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. McGraw's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Kathleen Carroll Carroll, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 501
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Moline works as a family practice physician in Winfield, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Moline is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Moline's clinical interests: diabetes, depression, and heart problems. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Moline performed her residency at MacNeal Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
701 North Winthrop Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed is an internist. Dr. Ahmed is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and a graduate of Westlake Hospital's residency program. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahmed takes Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Pap Test, Pneumonia, Cholesterol Problems, Pain Management

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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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