We found 107 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Cigna near Downers Grove, IL.

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

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan's specialty is adult endocrinology. She attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. These areas are among Dr. Sathananthan's clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sathananthan's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Stephen Daniel Skjei, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Skjei specializes in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Skjei studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Skjei is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. William Patrick Zeller, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
2001 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. W. Zeller is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zeller speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zeller takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Endometrial Cancer, Diabetes, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer practices pediatric endocrinology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zimmer's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1019 School Street
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar sees patients in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Kassar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kassar honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Laura D Stern, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Laura Levin is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Levin is especially interested in endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
911 N. Elm Street; St. 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Hinsdale, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Lee takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

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

Dr. Geoffrey Kuhlman is a family practitioner in Bolingbrook, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kuhlman include well woman gynecology, strains, and cancer screening. Dr. Kuhlman's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Kuhlman is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Dr. Jon Paul Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jon Gieser is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. Dr. Gieser takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gieser's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 230; Suite 205
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. Ahmed at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College. Dr. Ahmed's training includes a residency program at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Michael Andrew Kipp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Kipp is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Kipp attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Strabismus, Eye Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Newborn Care

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

Dr. Christopher Santi sees patients in Wheaton, IL. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Santi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Santi's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Santi attended Rush Medical College for medical school.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Noha Stephanie Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ekdawi is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Jonathan Charles Delew, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Delew sees patients in Glen Ellyn, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Delew's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Delew attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Delew's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Mark Richards Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
150 E. Willow Avenue; Suite 300
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nelson practices family medicine in Wheaton, IL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at MacNeal Hospital. His areas of expertise include diabetes, asthma, and general care. Dr. Nelson's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson takes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Nelson has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, General Care, Asthma, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems, Colorectal Cancer Screening

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

Dr. Beth Larson is a family practitioner. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Larson accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then she performed her residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Larson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

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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.