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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 endocrinologist. Dr. Bayrakdar studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bayrakdar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Bayrakdar is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He has an open panel.

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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. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Lee performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. 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. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2425 W 22nd Street; Suite 202
Oak Brook, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Ahmed an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Ahmed is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Ahmed attended medical school at Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Jon Gieser works as an ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Gieser attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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

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

Dr. Michael Kipp's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center for residency.

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

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

Dr. Karen Botsoe's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Botsoe include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Botsoe studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi sees patients in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. 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 and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ekdawi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage 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 sees patients in Downers Grove, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Meek takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Meek trained at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for his residency.

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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 practices surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Anderson-Nelson's areas of expertise include retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Rush Medical College and then she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Anderson-Nelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System.

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All Interests: Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes

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

Dr. Tahir Rohail works as an internist. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rohail graduated from King Edward Medical University. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 works as a family practitioner and geriatrician in Westchester, IL and Western Springs, IL. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Walker include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and hospice (end-of-life care). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walker's hospital/clinic 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' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Malhes attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Malhes takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 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 is a general pediatrician in Downers Grove, IL. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, learning disabilities, and newborn care. Dr. Coufal's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coufal attended Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. Sheri L Michaels, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 100
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Sheri Evans' area of specialization is family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Evans takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Evans is affiliated with 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 works as a family medicine practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Kirchoff include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She 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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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.