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We found 24 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity near Evergreen Park, IL.

Dr. Farah Akhtar Hasan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4400 W 95th Street; Suite 102
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Farah Hasan sees patients in Orland Park, IL and Oak Lawn, IL. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hasan include thyroid problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Dr. Hasan is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

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. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bayrakdar include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Bayrakdar's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Altarshan is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altarshan's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 works as an endocrinologist in Olympia Fields, IL and Chicago Heights, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodwin include diabetes. Dr. Goodwin is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. 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. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Goodwin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Jyothsna Palla is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her education and training includes medical school at Kakatiya Medical College and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Palla accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). In addition to English, Dr. Palla (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Arabic. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Palla's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

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

Dr. Ayesha Akbar specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Akbar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Akbar's clinical interests include diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. She graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College. Dr. Akbar is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Vizinas is conversant in Lithuanian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Vizinas average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vizinas takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Williamson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Williamson attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Williamson's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Priya Raju sees patients in Evergreen Park, IL and Orland Park, IL. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among her clinical interests: lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Raju is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Raju's office for an appointment. Her education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Igbo, French, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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's specialties are family medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and obstetrics. She practices in Chicago, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Cicero, IL. Dr. Moscoso accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Swedish Covenant Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). 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. Walter Rudek, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Walter Rudek specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. Dr. Rudek's areas of clinical interest consist of 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). He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Rudek is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Sarah Siddiqui practices general internal medicine in Berwyn, IL, Chicago, IL, and Wood Dale, IL. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Siddiqui graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Dilip Shah specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Summit Argo, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks 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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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Donald Woznica is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Woznica is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Woznica 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. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Robert Kash works as a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kash include thyroid problems, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and atrial fibrillation. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. 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 patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Igor Altman's medical specialty is family medicine, vein disease (phlebology), and wound care. Dr. Altman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Russian and Ukrainian. His areas of expertise include lymphedema. Dr. Altman obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Soft Tissue Problems, Lymphedema

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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.