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

Dr. Wendy Brickman, who practices in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Lake Forest, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brickman include type 2 diabetes. Dr. Brickman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Brickman has a closed panel. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency.

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

Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz practices adult endocrinology in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. Her clinical interests include diabetes and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Szmuilowicz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szmuilowicz attended Harvard Medical School. 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. Ellen E Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Ellen Kim specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Laura Levin's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Before performing her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Levin attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She is especially interested in endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Dr. Levin takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levin's 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 practices pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Kreiter completed her residency training at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Kreiter average 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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 has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Huang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Huang attended Peking University Health Science Center for medical school.

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

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

Dr. Debjani Roy's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Roy include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Roy is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and NorthShore Medical Group. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Roy is a graduate of Burdwan Medical College and a graduate of Chicago Medical School's residency program. She speaks Bengali.

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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 practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Bryniczka accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He completed his residency training at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Richard Leitzen is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Wheaton, IL, Dekalb, IL, and South Elgin, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Leitzen include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Leitzen is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Freilich works as a general internist in Highland Park, IL and Deerfield, IL. Dr. Freilich attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Freilich is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Thomas Bournias' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bournias include diabetes, diabetic eye exam, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Bournias is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is conversant in Greek.

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

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

Dr. John Michael works as a retina specialist. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Michael include diabetes, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryoretinopexy (retinal cryopexy). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Michael speaks Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8901 West Golf Road; Suite 206
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Alter's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alter include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Alter attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Matthew Goren's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cancer, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Goren is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Goren is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. David Roberts Buchanan, MS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1285 Hartrey Avenue
Evanston, IL
 

Dr. David Buchanan's specialty is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Buchanan's clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buchanan speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Gali R Oren-Amit, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
350 S. Waukegan Road; Suite 200
Deerfield, IL
 

Dr. Gali Oren-Amit is a general internist. In Dr. Oren-Amit's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. She trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for her residency. Dr. Oren-Amit is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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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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