We found 13 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Orland Park, IL.

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
14290 S. La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Farah Hasan is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Hasan attended medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interests encompass thyroid problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Hasan is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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 practices adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. Dr. Vora's clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, and thyroid problems. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vora's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 works as an endocrinologist in Hickory Hills, IL, Homer Glen, IL, and Maywood, IL. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Charnogursky's hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Charnogursky honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

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

Dr. Nittor Jayaram is an endocrinologist in Tinley Park, IL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Jayaram is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Jayaram graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Jayaram (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 practices adult endocrinology in Frankfort, IL, Orland Park, IL, and Olympia Fields, IL. Dr. Akbar is a graduate of Allama Iqbal Medical College. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Akbar (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Franciscan Alliance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Sankary include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sankary's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 sees patients in Maywood, IL, Burr Ridge, IL, and Homer Glen, IL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Lopez's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Her professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Lopez performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 is a Homer Glen, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Tuerk include diabetes, preventive care, and breastfeeding issues. Dr. Tuerk is professionally affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Tuerk is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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 sees patients in Evergreen Park, IL and Orland Park, IL. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise consist of lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raju accepts. Dr. Raju is accepting new patients. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks the following languages: Igbo, French, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain works as a general internist. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Shahbain trained at West Suburban Medical Center for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahbain include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shahbain honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Shanti Nair works as a pediatrician. Dr. Nair's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, premature babies, and general care. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Nair completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Nair (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Nair's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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

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

Dr. Ewa Hampston's area of specialization is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Hampston average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna. She attended Jagiellonian University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Polish. Dr. Hampston is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

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

Dr. Florie Gonsch's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She attended medical school at Midwestern University. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Gonsch a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonsch is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Preventive Care, 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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