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

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

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bayrakdar has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Bayrakdar is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4400 W 95th Street; Suite 102
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Farah Hasan specializes in adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in thyroid problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Hasan obtained her medical school training at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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

Dr. Scott Goodwin works as an endocrinologist in Olympia Fields, IL. Dr. Goodwin's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Goodwin focuses on diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Health Chicago Heights and Franciscan Health Olympia Fields. Dr. Goodwin is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Jyothsna Palla specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. Palla honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Palla attended medical school at Kakatiya Medical College. Dr. Palla (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Palos Community Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

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

Dr. Abdallah Altarshan is a medical specialist in 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Altarshan include diabetes. Dr. Altarshan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Altarshan is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Edmund Vizinas works as a general internist in Chicago, IL. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vizinas include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Dr. Vizinas's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Vizinas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Walter Rudek, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Walter Rudek's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Rudek is conversant in Polish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rudek include diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at MacNeal Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as 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 a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise consist of lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Raju attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Igbo, French, and Gujarati. Dr. Raju's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Wayne Williamson is an internist and geriatrician. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Williamson's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson honors. Dr. Williamson is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Dilip Shah works as an internist in Summit Argo, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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

Dr. Robert Kash works as an internist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and atrial fibrillation. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kash honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Kash's professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Sylvia Moscoso works as a family medicine practitioner, hospitalist, and obstetrician. Dr. Moscoso is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College. She trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Swedish Covenant Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Moscoso is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Hypertension

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

Dr. Donald Woznica is a physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Woznica's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Woznica is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Dr. Igor A Altman, MBA, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Vein Disease, Wound Care
2800 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Igor Altman specializes in family medicine, vein disease (phlebology), and wound care. In addition to English, Dr. Altman (or staff) speaks Russian and Ukrainian. Clinical interests for Dr. Altman include lymphedema. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). Dr. Altman graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Soft Tissue Problems, Lymphedema

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

Dr. Joyce Chen is a family medicine practitioner in Burbank, IL and Chicago, IL. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Chen's medical residency was performed at MacNeal Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Shahbain, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12508 S. Harlem Avenue Building C; 12508 S. Harlem Avenue, Building C
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palos Heights, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahbain include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shahbain's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shahbain is conversant in 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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