We found 4 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept AARP near Dearborn, MI.

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
15120 Michigan Avenue; Suite A
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Ali Nasser's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Nasser attended King Faisal University College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nasser include contact dermatitis, contraception (birth control), and depression. Patient ratings for Dr. Nasser average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Nasser's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, and Oakwood Hospital - Taylor.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
5050 Schaefer Road
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rubinstein's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Rubinstein graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Theodore Jones is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Jones obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18101 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Lily Go's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Go studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Go trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Go is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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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.
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