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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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shah include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. Dr. Shah accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Laura Tagle's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Tagle has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Tagle honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to 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's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests encompass diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Becker honors. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Becker attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his 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 is a family medicine practitioner. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. Dr. Eng's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Eng is accepting new patients. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency.

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

Dr. Steven Burandt's area of specialization is family medicine. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burandt include diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Burandt accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Jason Carter practices family medicine in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Dr. Carter's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at MacNeal Hospital for his residency. Dr. Carter is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 practices family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ward's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Daniel Kruse practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kruse include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Kruse is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. She is an in-network provider for 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 is accepting 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' specialty is family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vaikutis takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vaikutis's office for an appointment.

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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 is a family practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fish attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fish's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Charles, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. McNaughton is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. McNaughton attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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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 a Geneva, IL physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. King has a special interest in diabetes, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King honors. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. King trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. King is accepting new patients.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Shanker attended Rush Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Shanker (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Shanker is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting 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.