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We found 22 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 is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kim honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Kim completed her residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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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 practices adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Szmuilowicz's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Szmuilowicz attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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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 sees patients in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She has a special interest in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Brickman is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Unfortunately, Dr. Brickman is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with 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's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kreiter completed residency programs at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. She has indicated that her clinical interests include growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). The average patient rating for Dr. Kreiter is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Kreiter's professional affiliations include 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 an endocrinologist in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. After completing medical school at Peking University Health Science Center, Dr. Huang performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Huang is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices 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 takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency. Dr. Bryniczka is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Arlington Heights, IL, Des Plaines, IL, and Mount Prospect, IL. She studied medicine at Burdwan Medical College. She trained at Chicago Medical School for her residency. Dr. Roy's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Roy takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. Her hospital/clinic 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

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

Dr. Matthew Goren specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Chicago, IL and Des Plaines, IL. Dr. Goren's clinical interests 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 accepts. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Goren welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Tumor, Dry Eyes, External Eye Diseases, Eyelid Problems, Partial-Thickness Corneal Transplant, ... (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. Dr. Leitzen's areas of expertise include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Leitzen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Fractures, Ligament Problems, Laser Treatment, Physical Therapy Treatment, Diabetes, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Daniel Alter is a retina specialist. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alter takes. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Alter speaks Spanish. He 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. Robert A Freilich, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
350 S. Waukegan Road; Suite 200
Deerfield, IL
 

Dr. Robert Freilich's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Freilich's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Freilich attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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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). On average, patients gave Dr. Bournias a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bournias include diabetes, diabetic eye exam, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Bournias speaks Greek. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Bournias is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) and practices in Gurnee, IL, Chicago, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Michael include diabetes, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryoretinopexy (retinal cryopexy). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Michael obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is conversant in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. His professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. David Buchanan practices general internal medicine in Chicago, IL, Evanston, IL, and Waukegan, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Buchanan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. His medical residency was performed at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

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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.