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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan sees patients in Countryside, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Khan's clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Khan's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2910 Harlem Avenue; #1
Riverside, IL
 

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

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

Dr. Daniel Owens specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) and practices in Hinsdale, IL, Lombard, IL, and Oak Park, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Owens takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Owens attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Dr. Grazina Walter Vizinas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6918 W Archer Avenue; 3 and 4
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edmund Vizinas is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vizinas include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Vizinas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Vizinas speaks Lithuanian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

Dr. Elizabeth Christine Kirchoff, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 South Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kirchoff include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kirchoff honors. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kirchoff's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Donald V Woznica Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6283 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Donald Woznica sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Woznica include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woznica honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Woznica is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Mohammed Akbar Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S. Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf is a family practitioner and geriatrician. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yousuf include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Dr. Jesse K 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He speaks Korean. Dr. Park is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Dr. Dilip M Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
6134 S Harlem Avenue
Summit, IL
 

Dr. Dilip Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi.

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Dr. Robert J Kash, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Kash's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Kash accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Kash's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Donald D Higgins, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Donald Higgins is a Westchester, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Higgins's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Higgins include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Manish I Desai, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5909 W 35th Street
Cicero, IL
 

Dr. Manish Desai's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Desai accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Kenneth S Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Kenneth Nelson's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, contraception (birth control), and cardiac risk reduction. Patient reviews placed Dr. Nelson at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. William L Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 Willow Springs Road; 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. William Nelson is a family medicine physician in La Grange, IL. Dr. Nelson's areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and Italian. Dr. Nelson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Daniel G Hunter Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 Willow Springs Road; S. Pavillon, 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Smith is a physician who specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter-Smith include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Dr. Marc A Freed, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Marc Freed is a general pediatrician in Riverside, IL. Dr. Freed is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: premature babies, heart problems, and nutrition counseling. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Freed takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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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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