We found 42 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Plans near Winfield, IL.

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

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Sathananthan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Sathananthan attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sathananthan's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Stephen Skjei is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Skjei's areas of expertise include diabetes. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skjei takes. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. W. Zeller works as an adult endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Zeller attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Zeller's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer works as a pediatric endocrinologist. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Zimmer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Zimmer include diabetes and thyroid problems. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Wahid Kassar is an adult endocrinologist. Patients rated Dr. Kassar highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Kassar is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Zeenat Parveen, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
371 S Main Place
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Zeenat Parveen is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Cherry Valley, IL, Rockford, IL, and Carol Stream, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parveen include diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Dr. Parveen accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Parveen attended medical school at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Dr. Parveen is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Aileen Westrick is an adult endocrinologist. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Westrick performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Westrick include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Westrick's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. William Bayer specializes in adult endocrinology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bayer's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bayer honors. Dr. Bayer obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Daesman Suri is an adult endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Suri attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. The average patient rating for Dr. Suri is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Santi's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Wheaton, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Santi honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Santi is open to new patients.

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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 is a family practitioner in Winfield, IL. Her clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Dr. Moline is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moline takes. Before performing her residency at MacNeal Hospital, Dr. Moline attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Iram Ahmed practices general internal medicine in Lombard, IL, Glendale Heights, IL, and Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Ahmed's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Westlake Hospital for residency. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Ahmed is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joaquin Heng's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Heng is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Heng attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at West Suburban Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Larson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix's residency program. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Larson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
705 Warrenville Road; Suite B
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Bryniczka's residency was performed at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Dr. Ronald G Severino Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 S Wiesbrook Road
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Ronald Severino's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Severino's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Severino honors. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He speaks Italian. Dr. Severino is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Skin Issues, Asthma, Disabilities, Cholesterol Problems, Newborn Care, Smoking Cessation

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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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