We found 15 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA PPO near Plainfield, IL.

Dr. Noha S Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
12426 S Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ekdawi's clinical interests include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Ekdawi is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Michael A Kipp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
12426 S Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Michael Kipp's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kipp include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and newborn care. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kipp obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Strabismus, Eye Problems, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Newborn Care

O Kent Kent Mercado
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
24024 West Brancaster Drive
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. O. Mercado specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. These areas are among Dr. Mercado's clinical interests: diabetes, foot problems, and leg ulcers. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Mercado completed a residency program at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. Dr. Mercado (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Polish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mercado is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Leg Ulcers

Dr. Suma Reddy Duvvur, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
899 S Weber Road; Suite G
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Suma Kaki works as an internist. Dr. Kaki (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Kaki's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Kaki is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nithya Sunder, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Nithya Sunder sees patients in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Sunder attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sunder's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Gaurav P Vajaria
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
24020 W. Riverwalk Court
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Gaurav Vajaria's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. For his professional training, Dr. Vajaria completed a residency program at The University Hospital, Newark. These areas are among his clinical interests: foot problems, foot reconstruction, and sports health. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Vajaria is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Ankle Reconstruction, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur S Pettigrew, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
15728 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Arthur Pettigrew is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Pettigrew's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, blood pressure problems, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Pettigrew is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Diabetes, Blood Pressure Problems, Weight Management, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Kalpesh M Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12820 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a Plainfield, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and acne. Dr. Patel's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Himadri Mahesh Patel, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
15728 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Himadri Patel is a family practitioner in Plainfield, IL. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Joanna Wilk, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23826 135th Street; Suite 103
Planfield, IL
 

Dr. Joanna Wilk is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Wilk speaks Polish. Her clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Wilk is a graduate of Medical University of Bialystok. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Claudia J Vera, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
644 S Weber Road
Romeoville, IL
 

Dr. Claudia Vera is an internist in Romeoville, IL. Dr. Vera is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Mark Ettore Giacomi Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
23836 135th Street
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Mark Giacomi is a family medicine practitioner. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giacomi include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Bruce C Corwin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
15728 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Corwin works as a family medicine practitioner in Plainfield, IL. Dr. Corwin studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Dattatreya Sambare, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
730 S. S Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Dattatreya Sambare is a general internist in Chicago, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sambare include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Sambare takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Madhuri R Yemul, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
24024 Brancaster Drive
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Madhuri Yemul's medical specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. Dr. Yemul accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Grant Medical College. Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Partners (AHP).

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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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