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We found 87 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA PPO near Hinsdale, IL.

Dr. Ammar Adnan Bayrakdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Bayrakdar's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise consist of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. Dr. Bayrakdar has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Bayrakdar's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
911 N. Elm Street; St. 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. Lee's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Lee is conversant in Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes

Dr. Jon Paul Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jon Gieser is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include diabetes, laser surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Gieser performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Retina Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
2425 W 22nd Street; Suite 202
Oak Brook, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). She works in Lombard, IL, Glendale Heights, IL, and Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ahmed's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Ahmed's education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and residency at Westlake Hospital. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Pap Test, Pneumonia, Cholesterol Problems, Pain Management

Dr. Michael Andrew Kipp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Kipp's specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Kipp's clinical interests include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Strabismus, Eye Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Newborn Care

Dr. Noha Stephanie Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and practices in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Ekdawi is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For her residency, Dr. Ekdawi trained at Mayo Clinic. The average patient rating for Dr. Ekdawi is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ekdawi has an open panel.

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Dr. Karen Kerr Botsoe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5201 Willow Springs Road; Suite 150
Lagrange, IL
 

Dr. Karen Botsoe's specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Dr. Botsoe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Botsoe is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson is a medical specialist in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Anderson-Nelson's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Anderson-Nelson completed a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

Dr. Jonathan David Meek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Meek practices family medicine in Downers Grove, IL. These areas are among Dr. Meek's clinical interests: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Tahir Rohail sees patients in Riverside, IL and Hines, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rohail studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Rohail's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Stanislava Coufal, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 2c
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Stanislava Coufal's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Coufal takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Coufal attended medical school at Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for her residency. Dr. Coufal (or staff) is conversant in Czech, Polish, and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jesse Kitai Park, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
100 Tower Drive; Suite 105
Burr Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Jesse Park is a general internist. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Park is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Park is conversant in Korean. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Dr. Jacqueline Glick Walker, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
4475 Lawn Avenue
Western Springs, IL
 

Dr. Jacqueline Walker is a family medicine physician and geriatrician. Dr. Walker's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and hospice (end-of-life care). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Abdul-Kader K Malhes, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Abdul Malhes works as a general pediatrician. Dr. Malhes's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). The average patient rating for Dr. Malhes is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Malhes studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks 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. Sheri L Michaels, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 100
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Sheri Evans is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Evans is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Dr. Elizabeth Christine Kirchoff, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow; Springs-2nd Floor South Pav
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff is a La Grange, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Kirchoff attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kirchoff include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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.