We found 79 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Winfield, 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 an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Zeller is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Zeller is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His 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's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Parveen include diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Parveen attended Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital for medical school. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Dr. Parveen is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Stephen Skjei's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise include diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Skjei attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to 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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. Dr. Kassar is conversant in Arabic. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Kassar is rated highly by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassar takes. Dr. Kassar's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. William Bayer sees patients in Carol Stream, IL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among Dr. Bayer's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bayer accepts. He is affiliated with 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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Dr. Aileen Hariman Westrick, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Aileen Westrick is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Carol Stream, IL. Her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Westrick attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Westrick takes. She is accepting new patients.

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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, who practices in Wheaton, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zimmer's clinical interests include diabetes and thyroid problems. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer's 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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Sathananthan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Daesman Suri practices adult endocrinology. Dr. Suri's areas of expertise include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Suri attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Suri's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Pituitary Tumor, Endocrine ... (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. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Kohli attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kohli include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His professional 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: 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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Matiwala's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Matiwala's practice is open to new patients. He attended Government Medical College, Surat for medical school and subsequently trained at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ahmed attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westlake Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Ahmed is 3.0 stars out of 5. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Santi's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Santi's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Kathleen Carroll Carroll, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 501
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Moline's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Moline average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moline is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at MacNeal Hospital for residency. Dr. Moline's hospital/clinic 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: Depression, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Care

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

Dr. Joaquin Heng is a general internist. Dr. Heng speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. Dr. Heng takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Beth E Larson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 S Wiesbrook Road
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Beth Larson practices family medicine in Wheaton, IL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson honors. Dr. Larson graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her residency was performed at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. In addition to English, Dr. Larson speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Diabetes, Menopause, Preventive Care, Cholesterol 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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