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We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Orland Park, IL.

Dr. Mehul Ratilal Vora, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
Park Place Executive Plaza; 14544 John Humphrey Drive
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Mehul Vora's areas of specialization are adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. Dr. Vora has indicated that his clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Vora welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Gerald Ambrose Charnogursky, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
15750 Marian Drive
Homer Glen, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Charnogursky practices adult endocrinology in Hickory Hills, IL, Homer Glen, IL, and Maywood, IL. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. In his practice, Dr. Charnogursky focuses on diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Charnogursky honors. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Charnogursky is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

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Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
17031 Harlem Avenue
Tinley Park, IL
 

Dr. Nittor Jayaram works as an endocrinologist in Tinley Park, IL. Dr. Jayaram's education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and residency at Westchester Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Jayaram (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Jayaram's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Bone Density Test, Diabetes, Hormone Therapy

Dr. Ayesha Akbar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
15300 West Avenue; Suite 223
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Ayesha Akbar is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Frankfort, IL, Orland Park, IL, and Olympia Fields, IL. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Akbar honors. She is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College. Dr. Akbar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Edward Charles Sankary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16621 S 107th Court
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Edward Sankary is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sankary has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine. Dr. Sankary has an open panel.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, General Care

Dr. Norma A Lopez-Shaar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15750 Marian Drive
Homer Glen, IL
 

Dr. Norma Lopez works as an internist in Maywood, IL, Burr Ridge, IL, and Homer Glen, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lopez include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Lopez is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Lopez speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Emily McCann Tuerk, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
15750 Marian Drive; Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen
Homer Glen, IL
 

Dr. Emily Tuerk's medical specialty is general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, preventive care, and breastfeeding issues. Dr. Tuerk is affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Breastfeeding Issues

Dr. Priya Bhatia Raju, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16605 S 107th Court
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Priya Raju's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Raju's clinical interests include lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raju takes. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Raju's medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Igbo, French, and Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Raju's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Florie Ann Gonsch, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12450 S. Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Florie Gonsch's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Gonsch has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended Midwestern University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Gonsch is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Shahbain, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12508 South Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Shahbain is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shahbain's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at West Suburban Medical Center, Dr. Shahbain attended Ross University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood Pressure Problems, Cancer Screening, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ewa V Hampston, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12130 S Harlem Avenue; Suite B
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Ewa Hampston's medical specialty is family medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hampston accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Jagiellonian University Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Dr. Hampston speaks Polish. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Shanti Nair, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
16621 S 107th Court
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Shanti Nair is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nair include diabetes, premature babies, and general care. Dr. Nair's professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Nair (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Premature Babies, General Care

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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.