We found 79 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Winfield, IL.

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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. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. Dr. Zeller is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Zeller is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Zeller's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Zeenat Parveen, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
371 S Main Place
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Zeenat Parveen, who practices in Cherry Valley, IL, Rockford, IL, and Carol Stream, IL, is a medical specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. She attended Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital for medical school and subsequently trained at Westlake Hospital for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Dr. Parveen is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Dr. Parveen's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL), and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Heart Failure, Blood Pressure Problems, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. William C Bayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. William Bayer practices adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bayer include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bayer attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Stephen Daniel Skjei, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Skjei's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. Dr. Skjei's clinical interests include diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skjei takes. Dr. Skjei is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 419
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. Dr. Kassar is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Kassar is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Weight Management, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daesman N Suri Hoden, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Daesman Suri is an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Suri include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Suri is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Suri trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Pituitary Tumor, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Dr. Aileen Hariman Westrick, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Aileen Westrick practices adult endocrinology in Carol Stream, IL. Her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Westrick honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Westrick completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Westrick has an open panel.

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Dr. Carrie Ann Zimmer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Carrie Zimmer is a Wheaton, IL physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zimmer's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and thyroid problems. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer attended the University of Michigan Medical School. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 202
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan, who practices in Wheaton, IL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Sathananthan's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mandeep S Kohli, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Mandeep Kohli's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Kohli's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kohli include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Kohli is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Blood Pressure ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunil N Matiwala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Sunil Matiwala practices general internal medicine. He graduated from Government Medical College, Surat. For his residency, Dr. Matiwala trained at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
701 North Winthrop Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. After attending Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Westlake Hospital. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahmed takes Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Ahmed is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Pap Test, Pneumonia, Cholesterol Problems, Pain Management

Dr. Christopher G Santi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2001 S Wiesbrook Road
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Christopher Santi works as a general internist and pediatrician. These areas are among Dr. Santi's clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santi accepts. Dr. Santi's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Joaquin I Heng, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Joaquin Heng is a Carol Stream, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. Dr. Heng has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Heng speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, 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. Kathleen Carroll Carroll, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 501
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Moline is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Moline honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at MacNeal Hospital, Dr. Moline attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Moline has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive 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.
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