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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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Sathananthan attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Wheaton, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Zimmer honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Paul Menet sees patients in Bloomingdale, IL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. 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. Dr. Menet's clinical interests include thyroid problems, endometrial cancer, and headache. The average patient rating for Dr. Menet is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Menet accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Menet welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sexuality, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Wahid Kassar specializes in adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kassar's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Kassar has an open panel.

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

Dr. Zeenat Parveen specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Parveen's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital for medical school, she completed her residency training at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Parveen is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Westrick include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. William Bayer is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Bayer's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bayer honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Wheaton, IL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Suri include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Suri accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Suri completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Kohli is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kohli's office for an appointment.

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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 works as a general internist in Bloomingdale, IL. In Dr. Matiwala's practice, he is particularly interested in 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. Before performing his residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Dr. Matiwala attended Government Medical College, Surat for medical school. Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Matiwala is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He is open to 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. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, strains, and cancer screening. Patients gave Dr. Kuhlman an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kuhlman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). He 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Gieser performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). She works in Lombard, IL, Glendale Heights, IL, and Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ahmed's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Ahmed's education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and residency at Westlake Hospital. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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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 practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics in Wheaton, IL. He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Santi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Santi is open to new patients.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. McGraw attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McGraw include diabetes and preventive care. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. McGraw has an open panel.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Dr. Moline has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at MacNeal Hospital, Dr. Moline attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Moline's practice is open to new patients.

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