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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's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sathananthan studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Sathananthan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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

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. His clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Skjei is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 sees patients in West Chicago, IL and Wheaton, IL. His medical specialties are adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. He has a special interest in diabetes, down syndrome, and endometrial cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeller honors. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Zeller's residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a pediatric endocrinologist in Wheaton, IL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes and thyroid problems. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zimmer honors. Dr. Zimmer attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Kassar's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kassar's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kassar completed a residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. He speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Zeenat Parveen's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She obtained her medical school training at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital and performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parveen takes. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Daesman Suri's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Suri a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Suri studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Westrick attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She 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. Dr. Westrick 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 is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Carol Stream, IL. He is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Bayer is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bayer is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Bayer is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, 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 average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmed include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Ahmed takes Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College and then she performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santi accepts. Dr. Santi attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Moline include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Dr. Moline is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Moline's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moline accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Heng's areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at West Suburban Medical Center. Dr. Heng takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency. Dr. Bryniczka is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Beth Larson is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Larson include diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Larson is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Larson attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Ronald Severino's specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Severino's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Severino obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Severino average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.