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We found 21 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Saint Charles, IL.

Dr. William Patrick Zeller, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
245 W. Roosevelt, Building 14; Suite 150
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. W. Zeller is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zeller speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zeller takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Endometrial Cancer, Diabetes, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Sapna Sanjay Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sapna Shah's specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shah include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. Dr. Shah accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Laura Koeppel Tagle, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Laura Tagle's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Tagle has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Dr. Tagle honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Lisa M Rondeau, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1124 Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Rondeau practices family medicine. Dr. Rondeau has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rondeau attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care

Dr. Nirali Patel, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
302 Randall Road; Suite 208
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Nirali Patel is a general internist in Geneva, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, acne, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. She is conversant in Gujarati.

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Dr. Thomas E Eng, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Eng is a family medicine practitioner. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. Dr. Eng's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Eng is accepting new patients. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Holistic Approaches, Osteopathic Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Alternative ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven L Burandt, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Steven Burandt's area of specialization is family medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burandt include diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Burandt accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Jason M Carter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Jason Carter practices family medicine in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Dr. Carter's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at MacNeal Hospital for his residency. Dr. Carter is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Edward J Ward III, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Edward Ward practices family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ward's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Daniel J Kruse, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Kruse practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kruse include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Kruse is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Eveline Faith Tan
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Eveline Tan specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Wounds

Dr. Jennifer S Fredericks, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
820 S Il Route 59
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Fredericks' medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Fredericks studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at West Suburban Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Fredericks include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fredericks honors. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Melissa Marie Fish, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Melissa Fish is a family practitioner in Saint Charles, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fish attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fish's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

Dr. Monica S Chirila, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1124 Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Monica Chirila works as a family practitioner in Bartlett, IL. Patients rated Dr. Chirila highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, menopause, and newborn care. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Chirila's medical residency was performed at St. Francis Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chirila speaks Romanian.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Skin Issues, General Care, Menopause, Infertility, Perimenopause, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Duncan McNaughton, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Scott McNaughton specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Charles, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. McNaughton is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. McNaughton attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Chronic Illness

Dr. Edwin V Espinosa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
1124 Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Edwin Espinosa sees patients in Bartlett, IL. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Espinosa is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His clinical interests include diabetes, newborn care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Espinosa average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Espinosa's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Preventive Care, Newborn Care

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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.