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 a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bayrakdar include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Bayrakdar's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Hinsdale, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Lee takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks 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 medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. Dr. Gieser takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gieser's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. Ahmed at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College. Dr. Ahmed's training includes a residency program at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Kipp attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp welcomes 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 is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She 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 average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ekdawi is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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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 surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Anderson-Nelson attended Rush Medical College for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. She welcomes new patients.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Dr. Botsoe is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Botsoe graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Jonathan Meek specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Meek studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Meek's residency was performed at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

Dr. Stanislava Coufal is a Downers Grove, IL physician who specializes in general pediatrics. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Coufal include diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Coufal is open to new patients. She graduated from Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Coufal (or staff) speaks Czech, Polish, and Russian.

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

Dr. Abdul Malhes' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Malhes is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Malhes speaks Arabic.

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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. Dr. Rohail's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from King Edward Medical University. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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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 sees patients in La Grange, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kirchoff is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kirchoff's professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Narsipur V Ravi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2340 S Highland Avenue; Suite 260
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Narsipur Ravi works as a general internist in Lombard, IL. His areas of expertise include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and stress management. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Ravi honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ravi is a graduate of St. John's Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Park honors. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Park is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Hoffman specializes in general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Hoffman is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. His medical residency was performed 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.