We found 31 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Niles, IL.

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Dr. Jennifer Lynn Robbins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Miller works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Westchester, IL, Chicago, IL, and New Lenox, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Miller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Miller attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Miller honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Maria Olga Cardenas, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5215 N California Avenue; Suite 603
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Cardenas is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Cardenas completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Cardenas speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
9977 Woods Drive; Suite 240
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Drobac is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Drobac obtained her medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is especially interested in diabetes. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Drobac has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. She is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Anita Narayan Swamy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anita Swamy is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. Dr. Swamy's clinical interests include diabetes. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Swamy completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Obesity, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Susan Shapiro Braithwaite, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3048 W Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Susan Braithwaite's areas of specialization are adult endocrinology, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. Dr. Braithwaite attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, cystic fibrosis (CF), and adrenal disorders. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Mark E Molitch, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Molitch's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Molitch include diabetes, thyroid problems, and cushing's disease. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Molitch is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Cushing's Disease, Acromegaly

Dr. Wendy Joy Brickman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 Pfingsten Road
Glenbrook, IL
 

Dr. Wendy Brickman's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical interests encompass type 2 diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Brickman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brickman is not currently accepting new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Insulin Resistance

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
9977 Woods Drive; Suite 240
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Duck practices pediatric endocrinology in Skokie, IL, Vernon Hills, IL, and Gurnee, IL. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Duck include diabetes. Dr. Duck's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Duck is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
9977 Woods Drive; Suite 300
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Theodore Mazzone is an adult endocrinology specialist. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Mazzone include diabetes and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mazzone has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Jayshree Dhali, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2740 W Foster Avenue; Suite 316
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jayshree Dhali's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Dhali's education and training includes medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College and residency at Chicago Medical School. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Dhali (or staff) speaks Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. Dr. Dhali's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Weight Loss, Diabetes

Dr. Maguy Maurice Chiha, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2901 W Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maguy Chiha works as an adult endocrinologist in Chicago, IL. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Chiha is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System (Chicago). She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Mark Anthony Rosanova, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5872 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Rosanova practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Chicago, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Barrington, IL. Dr. Rosanova graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, glaucoma, and glasses. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosanova average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosanova is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delphi, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosanova (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Swedish Covenant Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rosanova's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Surgery, Diabetes, Glasses, Glaucoma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9301 Golf Road; Suite 302
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Debjani Roy practices general internal medicine in Arlington Heights, IL, Des Plaines, IL, and Mount Prospect, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Roy is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Burdwan Medical College, she performed her residency at Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Ultrasound, Pap Test, Echocardiogram

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton Street
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Bryniczka's residency was performed at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Richard Royal Leitzen
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Richard Leitzen practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Wheaton, IL, Dekalb, IL, and South Elgin, IL. Dr. Leitzen's areas of expertise include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Leitzen is accepting new patients.

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Dr. David Alan Brandt, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. David Brandt's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Brandt include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brandt honors. Dr. Brandt welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Brandt completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Brandt speaks French.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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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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