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

Dr. Ellen Kim is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Kim attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for her residency. Dr. Kim is affiliated with 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, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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

Dr. Wendy Brickman's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical interests encompass type 2 diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Brickman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brickman is not currently accepting new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency 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. Emily D Szmuilowicz, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2701 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz specializes in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Szmuilowicz include diabetes and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szmuilowicz attended medical school at Harvard Medical School.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Laura Levin sees patients in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Westchester, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Levin's professional 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 is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Kreiter'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 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. Dr. Kreiter has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She has a closed panel.

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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's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Huang accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Huang's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practices general internal medicine in Arlington Heights, IL, Des Plaines, IL, and Mount Prospect, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Roy is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Burdwan Medical College, she performed her residency at Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. She is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Matthew Goren, who practices in Chicago, IL and Des Plaines, IL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His areas of expertise include diabetes, cancer, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goren honors. Dr. Goren is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Bryniczka's residency was performed at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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

Dr. John Michael practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) in Gurnee, IL, Chicago, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Clinical interests for Dr. Michael include diabetes, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryoretinopexy (retinal cryopexy). Dr. Michael is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is conversant in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Michael's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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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 practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Wheaton, IL, Dekalb, IL, and South Elgin, IL. Dr. Leitzen's areas of expertise include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Leitzen is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Daniel Alter is a retina specialist. Dr. Alter is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Alter attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Freilich include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Freilich is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Freilich is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Thomas Bournias is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. Before completing his residency at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Bournias attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Bournias include diabetes, diabetic eye exam, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bournias takes. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. Dr. Bournias's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. David Buchanan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Buchanan's clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Buchanan is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. In her practice, Dr. Oren-Amit focuses on diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Oren-Amit is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oren-Amit is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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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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