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

Dr. Zeenat Parveen, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
371 S Main Place
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Zeenat Parveen is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Dr. Parveen honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She obtained her medical school training at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital and performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Dr. Parveen's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Wahid Kassar is an adult endocrinology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx's residency program. Dr. Kassar's areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kassar is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Paul Menet's specialty is adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, endometrial cancer, and headache. The average patient rating for Dr. Menet is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Menet is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Menet speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. William Bayer sees patients in Carol Stream, IL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Bayer's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Bayer is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Bayer's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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

Dr. Aileen Westrick is an adult endocrinology specialist. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Westrick performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Westrick's office for an appointment.

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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. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer attended the University of Michigan Medical School. She has a special interest in diabetes and thyroid problems. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sathananthan honors. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Daesman Suri's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. Dr. Suri is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Suri's office for an appointment. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Pituitary Tumor, Endocrine ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mandeep Kohli works as a general internist in Bloomingdale, IL. Dr. Kohli's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kohli takes. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. Dr. Kohli welcomes new patients.

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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. After attending Government Medical College, Surat for medical school, he completed his residency training at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. In Dr. Matiwala's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matiwala takes. Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. Dr. Matiwala is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed practices general internal medicine in Lombard, IL and Glendale Heights, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ahmed has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed takes. She graduated from Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and then she performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Santi works as an internist and general pediatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Santi include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, Dr. Santi completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Kathleen Moline is a family practice physician. Clinical interests for Dr. Moline include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Moline performed her residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Moline's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Joaquin I Heng, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Joaquin Heng's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Heng include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Heng is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Heng graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. Dr. Heng speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Beth E Larson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Beth Larson specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Larson's clinical interests: diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed her residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Larson's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Diabetes, Menopause, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Lisa M Rondeau, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1124 W Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Rondeau is a Bartlett, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rondeau accepts. Dr. Rondeau is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rondeau completed her residency training at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care

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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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