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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 medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Cancer, Weight Management, Adrenal Disorders, Pregnancy, Pituitary Disorders

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

Dr. Laura Tagle is an internist. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Tagle's residency was performed at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Tagle takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Geneva, IL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Becker include diabetes. Dr. Becker is professionally affiliated with Cook County Health & Hospitals System and Delnor Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency.

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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 Geneva, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Eng is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare EPO. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Eng trained at MacNeal Hospital for his residency.

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All Interests: Osteopathic Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Asthma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Burandt's medical specialty is family medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Burandt performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Burandt honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare EPO, and more.

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All Interests: Holistic Medicine, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Manipulation, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Carter's medical specialty is family medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Carter is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Carter trained at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Carter's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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

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. Dr. Kruse has indicated that his clinical interests include 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. Dr. Kruse accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Ward is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Ward trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for his residency.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Musculoskeletal Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies, Preventive Care, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eveline Tan's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. She practices in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. Dr. Tan's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare EPO, and more.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Wounds, Diabetes

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

Dr. John Vaikutis' medical specialty is family medicine. Patients gave Dr. Vaikutis an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Vaikutis's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University.

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

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

Dr. Scott McNaughton works as an internist in Saint Charles, IL. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McNaughton honors. He obtained his medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. McNaughton's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Melissa Fish works as a family practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Fish's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at MacNeal Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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

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

Dr. Kevin King specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has a special interest in diabetes, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. King attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Kavita Shanker's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Shanker takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Shanker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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.