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We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Hickory Hills, IL.

Dr. Mark Anthony Rosanova MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
330 East Main Street; Suite 1 W
Barrington, IL
(847) 882-8680; (847) 381-4300

Dr. Mark Rosanova is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Rosanova (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Rosanova's clinical interests include diabetes, glaucoma, and glasses. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Swedish Covenant Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Rosanova attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delphi. Dr. Rosanova is open to new patients.

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Dr. Larry Samuel Kaskel MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
870 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL
(847) 926-0106; (847) 680-3666

Dr. Larry Kaskel's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kaskel include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kaskel takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Kaskel's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Abdul-Kader Malhes MD
Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
385 W. Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL
(847) 359-9800

Dr. Abdul Malhes is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Malhes average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malhes include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Malhes graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Monika McLain MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
870 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL
(847) 926-0106; (847) 680-3666

Dr. Monika McLain is an internist in Vernon Hills, IL and Libertyville, IL. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. McLain completed her residency training at Michael Reese Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. McLain include diabetes, preventive care, and perimenopause. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. Dr. McLain welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Perimenopause, Preventive Medicine




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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.