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We found 7 providers with an interest in diabetes near Peoria, IL.

Dr. Sonia Gajula, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1001 Main Street; Suite 400
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Sonia Gajula's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Gajula's patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF Medical Group. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ibero-American University (UNIBE) for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. Dr. Gajula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
420 Ne Glen Oak Avenue; Suite 401
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Sue Sauder is a pediatric endocrinologist in Peoria, IL. Dr. Sauder is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include diabetes. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Sauder is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Jeffrey Y Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3308 W Chartwell Road
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Chang is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He obtained his medical school training at Yonsei University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chang include diabetes and thyroid problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Chang average 3.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang takes. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Hady E Sfeir, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1001 Main Street; Suite 400
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Hady Sfeir's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Sfeir's hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF Medical Group. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Michael Richard Leonardi, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
530 Ne Glen Oak Avenue; Suite 1200
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Michael Leonardi is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonardi accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He is affiliated with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Illinois, and OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Ultrasound, Case Management, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Stephan Wes Shane, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5114 N. Glen Park Place; Suite 220
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Stephan Shane is a general internist in Peoria, IL. His professional affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF Medical Group. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For his residency, Dr. Shane trained at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Brian L Bostwick, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1 Illini Drive
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Brian Bostwick is an adult hospital medicine specialist in Peoria, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bostwick include diabetes. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Illinois. Dr. Bostwick graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bostwick trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bostwick accepts.

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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.