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 works as an endocrinologist in Geneva, IL and Chicago, IL. Dr. Shah graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). She welcomes 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 specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Tagle takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Tagle trained at Carolinas Medical Center for her residency. She has received the following distinctions: 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 ophthalmologist in Geneva, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Becker include diabetes. Dr. Becker is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Becker attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practitioner in Geneva, IL. Dr. Eng's areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eng honors. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Eng trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Steven Burandt specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Patient ratings for Dr. Burandt average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Burandt graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Carter is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of MacNeal Hospital's residency program. Dr. Carter's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carter accepts. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a family medicine practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. Dr. Ward has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ward accepts. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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

Dr. Daniel Kruse works as a family medicine practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before completing his residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kruse attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kruse's office for an appointment.

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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 foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, sports health, and wounds. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tan accepts. Dr. Tan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vaikutis is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vaikutis 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 specializes in family medicine. Dr. Fish's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at MacNeal Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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. Dr. McNaughton's clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McNaughton accepts. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital 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 sees patients in Saint Charles, IL and Bloomingdale, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Shanker's clinical interests: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Shanker trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for her residency. Dr. Shanker (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Kevin King is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. In Dr. King's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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

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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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