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's specialty is adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Bayrakdar is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Bayrakdar is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bayrakdar has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Hong Lee works as an adult endocrinologist in Hinsdale, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Lee is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Cantonese. He is affiliated with 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Kipp's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Kipp's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kipp honors. Before performing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Kipp attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kipp's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed specializes in general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Ahmed attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ahmed's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi works as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Dr. Ekdawi obtained her medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ekdawi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 works as a surgeon and ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Anderson-Nelson attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Her residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Anderson-Nelson's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

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

Dr. Karen Botsoe practices general internal medicine in La Grange, IL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Botsoe is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Jonathan Meek is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Meek include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency 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. Stanislava Coufal, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 2c
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Stanislava Coufal specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Downers Grove, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Coufal include diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Coufal takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coufal graduated from Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Coufal trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Coufal (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Dr. Coufal has an open panel.

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

Dr. Abdul Malhes' specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Malhes's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Malhes's 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. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Tahir Rohail's specialty is general internal medicine. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. Clinical interests for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. Dr. Rohail accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Sitara Begum Sharif, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4121 Fairview Avenue; Suite L1, Ogden Medical Professional Building
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Sitara Sharif practices family medicine in Downers Grove, IL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sharif's areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharif honors. She is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. Dr. Sharif (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Sharif's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Patient ratings for Dr. Khan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Khan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). His practice is open to 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 sees patients in Burr Ridge, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Park include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Park speaks Korean.

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Dr. Michael T Hoffman, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1200 S York Road
Elmhurst, IL
 

Dr. Michael Hoffman's specialty is general pediatrics. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, newborn care, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Hoffman is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Elmhurst Clinic. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoffman honors. Dr. Hoffman is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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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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