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We found 18 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Aetna near Glenview, IL.

Dr. Ellen Eunhae Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Ellen Kim works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Chicago, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Northbrook, IL. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Emily D Szmuilowicz, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2701 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz is an adult endocrinologist. Dr. Szmuilowicz attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Szmuilowicz honors. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Wendy Joy Brickman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Wendy Brickman is a pediatric endocrinologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Brickman's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Unfortunately, Dr. Brickman is not currently accepting new patients. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Insulin Resistance

Dr. Laura D Stern, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Laura Levin is a pediatric endocrinologist in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Heights, IL. In her practice, Dr. Levin focuses on endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Levin attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Mary Lynn Kreiter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Mary Kreiter, who practices in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kreiter include growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Kreiter honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed her residency at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kreiter is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Wenyu Huang, PhD, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
2701 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Wenyu Huang is a physician who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He graduated from Peking University Health Science Center and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Huang's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Matthew Brent Goren, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8901 Golf Road; Suite 201
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Matthew Goren works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Goren graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cancer, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Goren's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9301 Golf Road; Suite 302
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Debjani Roy works as an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Roy include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Roy honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Burdwan Medical College. Dr. Roy's medical residency was performed at Chicago Medical School. She speaks Bengali. Her professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Ultrasound, Pap Test, Echocardiogram

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton Street
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and South Elgin, IL. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bryniczka's clinical interests include sports health, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Daniel C Alter, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8901 West Golf Road; Suite 206
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Alter practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Alter include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Eye Trauma, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Repair, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas E Bournias, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3633 W Lake Avenue; Suite 104
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Bournias is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bournias's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, diabetic eye exam, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bournias completed his residency training at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He speaks Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Glaucoma Surgery, Implant Surgery, Diabetic Eye Exam, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataract ... (Read more)

Dr. John Carbon Michael, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8780 Golf Road; Suite 304
Niles, IL
 

Dr. John Michael is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests include diabetes, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryoretinopexy (retinal cryopexy). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Michael's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is conversant in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Michael is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Pneumatic Retinopexy, Cryoretinopexy, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Retina Surgery, Retinal Detachment, ... (Read more)

Richard Royal Leitzen
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Richard Leitzen practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Leitzen include diabetic foot ulcers, laser treatment, and X-rays. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leitzen accepts. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Robert A Freilich, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
350 S. Waukegan Road; #200
Deerfield, IL
 

Dr. Robert Freilich works as a general internist in Highland Park, IL and Deerfield, IL. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Freilich attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Freilich's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Freilich's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Kathryn Mackenzie Petrungaro, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2701 Patriot Boulevard; #225
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Kathryn Petrungaro works as a general internist in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Petrungaro include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Petrungaro's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then she performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Sanjay Pravin Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 N River Road; Suite 315
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Sanjay Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Patel is 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He graduated from Medical College Baroda and then he performed his residency at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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.