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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, who practices in Geneva, IL and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Shah completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). 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 a Saint Charles, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Tagle attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Tagle honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her distinctions include: Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

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

Dr. Norbert Becker is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Becker include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. He has an open panel. Dr. Becker's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. Eng's clinical interests include diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Eng's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Steven Burandt is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Burandt is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Burandt's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Burandt honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Burandt trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton for residency.

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

Dr. Jason Carter's area of specialization is family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carter include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Carter's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Carter accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Carter's medical residency was performed at MacNeal Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Daniel Kruse's specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Kruse is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kruse's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Edward Ward specializes in family medicine and practices in Saint Charles, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ward include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Patients rated Dr. Ward highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Eveline Tan works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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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' specialty is family medicine. Dr. Vaikutis's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University, Dr. Vaikutis attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Vaikutis is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Saint Charles, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fish attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Scott McNaughton practices general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. McNaughton is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. McNaughton is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Kevin King is an ophthalmologist in Geneva, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. King attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. King is professionally 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. Kavita Shanker-Patel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 202
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Kavita Shanker practices family medicine in Saint Charles, IL and Bloomingdale, IL. She obtained her medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Dr. Shanker's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shanker (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Shanker 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.