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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 an adult endocrinology specialist in Maywood, IL and Burr Ridge, IL. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vora include diabetes. Dr. Vora is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Mumbai. Dr. Vora's residency was performed at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College. Dr. Vora (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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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 practices adult endocrinology in Evergreen Park, IL, Hickory Hills, IL, and Maywood, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. In his practice, Dr. Bayrakdar focuses on hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Palos Community Hospital. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Bayrakdar average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Miller is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Miller include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller accepts. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mary Emanuele's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Emanuele is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Emanuele has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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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 adult endocrinology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Charnogursky include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. Dr. Charnogursky graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Charnogursky's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Charnogursky has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

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

Dr. Sarah Nadeem is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and vitamin D deficiency. Dr. Nadeem accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Nadeem (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Nadeem is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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

Dr. Hong Lee practices adult endocrinology in Hinsdale, IL. He is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Lee honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Lee attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He speaks Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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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 specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Her areas of expertise include diabetes. Ms. Suffoletta is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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All Interests: Diabetes

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

Dr. Edward Sankary is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Sankary an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Sankary attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Sankary is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Loyola Medicine. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Norma A Lopez-Shaar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Norma Lopez's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Lopez include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lopez is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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Dr. James A Rupp Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
321 N La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL
 

Dr. James Rupp specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Maywood, IL and La Grange Park, IL. In his practice, Dr. Rupp focuses on diabetes and preventive care. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rupp accepts. Dr. Rupp attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Medicine.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes

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

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson is a specialist in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Anderson-Nelson's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Anderson-Nelson's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

Dr. Noha S Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Ekdawi has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ekdawi graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Her residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Tahir Rohail sees patients in Riverside, IL and Hines, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. These areas are among Dr. Rohail's clinical interests: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Rohail is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Khan accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khan's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Scott Duncan Robertson, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5201 Willow Springs Road; Suite 300
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Scott Robertson's specialty is family medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and adolescent issues. Dr. Robertson is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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