We found 86 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. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bayrakdar has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Bayrakdar is open to new patients.

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Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
201 E Ogden Avenue; Suite 26
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Lee 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. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 230; Suite 205
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ahmed attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westlake Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Ahmed is 3.0 stars out of 5. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Tahir Rohail is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rohail takes. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. 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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan is a general internist. Dr. Khan's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khan's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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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 specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Anderson-Nelson's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson-Nelson honors. She welcomes new patients. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, Dr. Anderson-Nelson completed her residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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All Interests: Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes

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

Dr. Stanislava Coufal practices general pediatrics. Dr. Coufal (or staff) speaks Czech, Polish, and Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coufal include diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. Dr. Coufal is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Coufal attended medical school at Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Marie K Philobos, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8310 Lemont Road
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Marie Philobos' area of specialization is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Philobos is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Philobos's areas of expertise include diabetes, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Philobos attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Jon Gieser's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Gieser's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Gieser obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

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

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Ekdawi performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 family medicine practitioner in La Grange, IL. These areas are among Dr. Kirchoff's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Daniel P Owens, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
126 W First Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Owens' medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Owens attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Owens is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Kipp specializes in pediatric ophthalmology. Before completing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Kipp attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. Dr. Kipp takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Sheri L Michaels, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 100
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Sheri Evans works as a family medicine practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Evans include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Evans accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Evans is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

Dr. Jonathan Meek's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Meek include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in La Grange, IL. Dr. Botsoe is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Botsoe speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial 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.
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