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We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept AARP near Dearborn, MI.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9925 Dix Avenue
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Ali Nasser works as a general internist in Dearborn, MI and Wayne, MI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include depression, acne, and heart attack. Dr. Nasser takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at King Faisal University College of Medicine, Dr. Nasser performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, and Oakwood Hospital - Taylor.

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All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis, Contraception, Vascular Surgery ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5050 Schaefer Road
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rubinstein's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubinstein include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubinstein graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Implant Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Nsima M Usen, MPH
Specializes in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
1628 Ford Avenue
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Nsima Usen specializes in reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bone pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and foot reconstruction. Dr. Usen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. He speaks Igbo and Ibibio. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Taylor.

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All Interests: Bone Pain, Athlete's Foot, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout, Ankle Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Theodore Benjamin Jones, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
18100 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Theodore Jones works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Dearborn, MI, Wayne, MI, and Detroit, MI. Dr. Jones honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Jones trained at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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All Interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Diabetes, Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, Prenatal Diagnosis, Infections

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18101 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Lily Go practices general internal medicine in Wyandotte, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Newport, MI. She is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. Dr. Go is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center's residency program. She takes Anthem, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Anxiety, Counseling Services

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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.