We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept AARP near Geneva, IL.

Dr. Sapna Sanjay Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sapna Shah is an adult endocrinology specialist in Geneva, IL and Chicago, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Shah completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shah's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Laura Koeppel Tagle, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Laura Tagle is an internist. Dr. Tagle's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Before performing her residency at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Tagle attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tagle takes. Dr. Tagle has received the following distinctions: Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Steven L Burandt, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Steven Burandt specializes in family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Burandt's clinical interests: diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Burandt's office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton.

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Dr. Norbert Mathias Becker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1000 Randall Road; Suite 100
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Norbert Becker is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Becker is especially interested in diabetes. His professional affiliations include Delnor Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Becker attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Becker takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Diabetes, Uveitis

Dr. Thomas E Eng, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Eng's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Eng include diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. Dr. Eng is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Eng completed a residency program at MacNeal Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Eng welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Jason M Carter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Jason Carter's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Carter graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at MacNeal Hospital. He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Carter honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Carter's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Edward J Ward III, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Edward Ward's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Ward is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ward attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ward trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Kevin M King, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1000 Randall Road; Suite 100
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Kevin King practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Geneva, IL. Dr. King's clinical interests include diabetes, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. King is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

Dr. Daniel J Kruse, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Kruse practices family medicine. Dr. Kruse's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kruse's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Eveline Faith Tan
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Eveline Tan is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Tan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Tan's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Wounds

Dr. John P Vaikutis, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2800 Beverly Drive
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. John Vaikutis works as a family practice physician. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University for residency. Dr. Vaikutis's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave Dr. Vaikutis a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vaikutis honors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Melissa Marie Fish, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Melissa Fish specializes in family medicine and practices in Saint Charles, IL. Dr. Fish's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Fish's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Scott Duncan McNaughton, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Scott McNaughton's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. McNaughton include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. McNaughton at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. McNaughton attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. Dr. McNaughton is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Chronic Illness

Dr. Kavita Shanker-Patel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 202
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Kavita Shanker-Patel is a family medicine physician. Dr. Shanker-Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is especially interested in diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Shanker-Patel is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shanker-Patel honors. Dr. Shanker-Patel welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Women's Health Issues

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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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