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We found 23 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity near Evergreen Park, IL.

Dr. Ammar Adnan Bayrakdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2955 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar practices adult endocrinology in Evergreen Park, IL, Hickory Hills, IL, and Maywood, IL. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. These areas are among his clinical interests: hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. The average patient rating for Dr. Bayrakdar is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bayrakdar speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hyperglycemia, Diabetes, Obesity, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdallah Al Tarshan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2955 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Abdallah Altarshan's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Before completing his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Dr. Altarshan attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. In Dr. Altarshan's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Altarshan honors. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Scott Ryan Goodwin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
20201 South Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL
 

Dr. Scott Goodwin specializes in adult endocrinology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. Dr. Goodwin is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goodwin's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Jyothsna Palla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Geriatrics
2955 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Jyothsna Palla is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palla takes. Dr. Palla is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Kakatiya Medical College. Her residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Palla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Arabic.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Ayesha Akbar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
20201 South Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL
 

Dr. Ayesha Akbar is an adult endocrinology specialist in Frankfort, IL, Orland Park, IL, and Olympia Fields, IL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes. Dr. Akbar accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She studied medicine at Allama Iqbal Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Akbar (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Grazina Walter Vizinas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6918 W Archer Avenue; 3 and 4
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edmund Vizinas' specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Vizinas attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vizinas include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Vizinas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO. He speaks Lithuanian. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

Dr. Wayne Crispus Williamson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
11600 S Kedzie Avenue; Suite K
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Williamson is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Williamson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Williamson's office for an appointment. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma

Dr. Walter Rudek, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Walter Rudek specializes in general internal medicine. He speaks Polish. These areas are among Dr. Rudek's clinical interests: diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Rudek attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Priya Bhatia Raju, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9125 S Pulaski Road
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Priya Raju is an adult nephrology specialist in Evergreen Park, IL and Orland Park, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Raju include lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Raju completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Raju (or staff) is conversant in Igbo, French, and Gujarati. Her professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sylvia J Moscoso, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Obstetrics
2800 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Sylvia Moscoso practices family medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and obstetrics. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Unfortunately, Dr. Moscoso is not currently accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Swedish Covenant Hospital, Dr. Moscoso attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Hypertension

Dr. Sarah Nazeer Siddiqui, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sarah Siddiqui's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Siddiqui include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Siddiqui attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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All Interests: Wounds, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Donald V Woznica Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6283 S Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Donald Woznica's medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Dr. Woznica honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, ACL Injury, Immunization, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilip M Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
6134 S Harlem Avenue
Summit, IL
 

Dr. Dilip Shah practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah graduated from Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Depression, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood Pressure Problems, Cancer Screening, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert J Kash, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Kash sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and atrial fibrillation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kash obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

Dr. Joyce Chen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
10961 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joyce Chen is a family practice physician. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of MacNeal Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Parakrama De De Silva, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4248 W 63rd Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Parakrama Silva is an internist. Dr. Silva's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, Dr. Silva attended medical school at Hiroshima University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Silva (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Japanese and Sinhala.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes

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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.