We found 91 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Riverside, IL.

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Robbins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Miller is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Westchester, IL, Chicago, IL, and New Lenox, IL. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller honors. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Sarah Nadeem, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Sarah Nadeem is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nadeem include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and vitamin D deficiency. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Nadeem trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Nadeem (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Bone Problems, Vitamin D ... (Read more)

Dr. Nila M Vora, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue; (7511 Lemont Road, Darien, Il. 60561)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nila Vora is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Vora at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vora attended the University of Mumbai and then went on to complete her residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College. Dr. Vora (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Ammar Adnan Bayrakdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar's specialty is adult endocrinology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago's residency program. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bayrakdar is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hyperglycemia, Diabetes, Obesity, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mary Emanuele is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Emanuele's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Emanuele attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Gerald Ambrose Charnogursky, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue; (9608 Roberts Road, Hickory Hills, Il. 60457)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Charnogursky is an endocrinologist. These areas are among Dr. Charnogursky's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Charnogursky attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Charnogursky an average 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
911 N. Elm Street; St. 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee's education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is conversant in Cantonese.

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

Specializes in Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Ms. Cristina Suffoletta's specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. In her practice, Ms. Suffoletta focuses on diabetes. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Ms. Suffoletta accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Jon Paul Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jon Gieser works as an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Gieser include diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Gieser is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Gieser has an open panel.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Retina Problems, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Michael Andrew Kipp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, 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

Dr. Noha Stephanie Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, 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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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Charles Sankary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2160 S 1st Avenue; (16621 S. 107th Court, Orland Park, Il. 60467)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Edward Sankary's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Sankary completed his residency training at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Sankary has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sankary accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson is a physician who specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among Dr. Anderson-Nelson's clinical interests: diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Anderson-Nelson is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

Dr. Karen Kerr Botsoe, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5201 Willow Springs Road; Suite 150
Lagrange, IL
 

Dr. Karen Botsoe sees patients in La Grange, IL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Botsoe is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Botsoe include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Gill, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2160 S 1st Avenue; (9608 Roberts Road, Hickory Hills, Illinois 60457)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Michael Gill works as an internist and pediatrician. Dr. Gill is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gill include diabetes, preventive care, and allergies. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Medicine. Dr. Gill takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He speaks Russian.

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All Interests: Allergies, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Grazina Walter Vizinas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6918 W Archer Avenue; 3 and 4
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edmund Vizinas is a general internist in Chicago, IL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vizinas include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Dr. Vizinas accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Vizinas speaks Lithuanian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

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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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