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We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Open Access PPO near Downers Grove, IL.

Dr. Daniel P Owens, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
126 W First Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Owens specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Owens's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Owens attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Stamatis A Dimitropoulos, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Stamatis Dimitropoulos is a Darien, IL physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dimitropoulos include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and varicose veins. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dimitropoulos accepts. Dr. Dimitropoulos graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Dimitropoulos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertension, Diabetes, Peripheral Artery Disease, Varicose Veins, Vascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Tina M Brueschke, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Tina Brueschke sees patients in Downers Grove, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Brueschke's areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brueschke accepts. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. She is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Cancer Screening, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Adolescent Issues, Headache, Osteoporosis, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Angela Louise Sylvester, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
11 Salt Creek Lane; Suite 125
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Angela Sylvestre is a family medicine practitioner. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sylvestre is especially interested in diabetes, well woman gynecology, and asthma. She is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Sylvestre is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Well Woman Gynecology, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Asthma, Blood Pressure Problems

Dr. William Joseph Moran, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. William Moran is a family medicine practitioner in La Grange, IL and Downers Grove, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include thyroid problems, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moran attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Joint Pain, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias J Koliopoulos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 N Elm Street; Suite 301
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Elias Koliopoulos practices general internal medicine in Hinsdale, IL. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koliopoulos include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Koliopoulos is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Heidi Elizabeth Swanson, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
6840 S Main Street; #201
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Heidi Swanson specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Maywood, IL and Downers Grove, IL. She is a graduate of Midwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Swanson include diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. Dr. Swanson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Newborn Care, 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.