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

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

Dr. W. Zeller is an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Zeller is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Zeller is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Stephen Skjei's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Skjei attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Laura Levin's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Dr. Levin is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levin accepts.

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

Dr. Wahid Kassar specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. Dr. Kassar is conversant in Arabic. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Kassar is rated highly by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassar takes. Dr. Kassar's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer, who practices in Wheaton, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zimmer's clinical interests include diabetes and thyroid problems. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer's 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Sathananthan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
201 E Ogden Avenue; Suite 26
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Lee speaks Cantonese. He is affiliated with 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. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 230; Suite 205
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ahmed attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westlake Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Ahmed is 3.0 stars out of 5. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Santi's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Santi's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Beth Larson practices family medicine in Wheaton, IL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson honors. Dr. Larson graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her residency was performed at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. In addition to English, Dr. Larson speaks Spanish. She 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

Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Anderson-Nelson's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson-Nelson honors. She welcomes new patients. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, Dr. Anderson-Nelson completed her residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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All Interests: Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
705 Warrenville Road; Suite B
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Bryniczka is 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bryniczka accepts. He has an open panel. Dr. Bryniczka trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency.

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Dr. Ronald G Severino Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Ronald Severino's specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Severino is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. Dr. Severino is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Severino attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Italian.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Skin Issues, Asthma, Cholesterol Problems, Newborn Care, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Dejan Rikert, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
150 E. Willow Avenue; Suite 300
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Dejan Rikert is a family practitioner. Before completing his residency at Resurrection Medical Center, Dr. Rikert attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rikert's areas of expertise include diabetes, newborn care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Rikert speaks Croatian and Serbian. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Stanislava Coufal, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 2c
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Stanislava Coufal practices general pediatrics. Dr. Coufal (or staff) speaks Czech, Polish, and Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coufal include diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. Dr. Coufal is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Coufal attended medical school at Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Marie K Philobos, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8310 Lemont Road
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Marie Philobos' area of specialization is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Philobos is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Philobos's areas of expertise include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Philobos attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She speaks Arabic.

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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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