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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 is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Sathananthan is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Sathananthan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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 works as an endocrinologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Skjei attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Skjei include diabetes. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Skjei is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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 sees patients in West Chicago, IL and Wheaton, IL. His medical specialties are adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zeller include diabetes. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Zeller speaks Spanish. Dr. Zeller's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. Dr. Zimmer studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Wheaton, IL, Lisle, IL, and Winfield, IL. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kassar is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kassar trained at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx for his residency. He is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Weight Management

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

Dr. Laura Levin is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Heights, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levin obtained her medical school training at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry.

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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 works as an adult endocrinologist in Hinsdale, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Lee performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. 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. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 230; Suite 205
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Ahmed an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Ahmed is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Ahmed attended medical school at Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Geoffrey Kuhlman is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, strains, and cancer screening. His average rating from his patients is 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 attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Health Partners (AHP).

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All Interests: Sports Health, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Fibromyalgia, Fractures, Strains, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Kipp's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center for residency.

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

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

Dr. Jon Gieser works as an ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Gieser attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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

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 is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Santi is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and South Elgin, IL. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bryniczka's clinical interests include sports health, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency.

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi sees patients in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Ekdawi is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ekdawi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jonathan Delew's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Delew is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and a graduate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Delew is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Nelson's area of specialization is family medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nelson is especially interested in diabetes, asthma, and general care. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he performed his residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Nelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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

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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.