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We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept CIGNA PPO near Plainfield, IL.

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

Dr. Michael Kipp's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kipp accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center for residency.

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

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

Dr. Noha Ekdawi sees patients in Hinsdale, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ekdawi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaki's areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Kaki is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Kaki (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi.

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

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and acne. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Gaurav Vajaria practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Naperville, IL and Plainfield, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: foot problems, foot reconstruction, and sports health. Dr. Vajaria is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He trained at The University Hospital, Newark for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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

Dr. O. Mercado's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He completed his residency training at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. Dr. Mercado honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Mercado (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Polish. Dr. Mercado's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Arthur Pettigrew's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pettigrew include diabetes, blood pressure problems, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pettigrew takes. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Himadri Mahesh Patel, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
15728 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Himadri Patel is a Plainfield, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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

Dr. Madhuri Yemul's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Yemul include thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Dr. Yemul graduated from Grant Medical College. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Joanna Wilk's area of specialization is family medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Wilk's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wilk studied medicine at Medical University of Bialystok. She is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

Dr. Claudia Vera's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Vera's areas of expertise include the following: 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 in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vera attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Bruce Corwin's area of specialization is family medicine. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Corwin takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Corwin is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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 practice physician in Plainfield, IL. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Giacomi accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Dattatreya Sambare practices general internal medicine in Chicago, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Sambare is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. Dr. Sambare accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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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.