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 an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. 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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Skjei's areas of expertise include diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skjei takes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 works as an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Zeller attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He 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. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatric endocrinologist. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zimmer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Zimmer include diabetes and thyroid problems. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer has an open panel.

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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 is an adult endocrinologist. Patients rated Dr. Kassar highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Kassar is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Laura Levin sees patients in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Westchester, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Levin's professional affiliations include 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 physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Lee speaks Cantonese.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. Kuhlman has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Kuhlman include well woman gynecology, strains, and cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. Dr. Kuhlman's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Jon Gieser, who practices in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Gieser honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Dr. Gieser is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Kipp is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. His clinical interests include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kipp is accepting 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's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Wheaton, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Santi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Santi is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed practices general internal medicine in Lombard, IL, Glendale Heights, IL, and Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Ahmed's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Westlake Hospital for residency. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Ahmed is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Delew specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Delew honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Delew is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ekdawi attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ekdawi's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Ekdawi's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mark Nelson practices family medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, asthma, and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before completing his residency at MacNeal Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Nelson average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nelson is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Larson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix's residency program. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Larson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.
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