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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 Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
9925 Dix Avenue
Dearborn, MI
(313) 843-8300

Dr. Ali Nasser specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Nasser's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include depression, acne, and heart attack. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, and Oakwood Hospital - Taylor.

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All Interests: Acne Problems, Allergy, Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Back & Neck Disorder, Birth Control, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease)
5050 Schaefer Road
Dearborn, MI
(313) 582-7440; (313) 582-8080

Dr. Mark Rubinstein's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Rubinstein has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Rubinstein takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Dr. Rubinstein attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Accepts patients who refuse blood/blood products, Glaucoma and Refractive Surgery, Diabetic Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Nsima M Usen FACFAS, DPM, MPH
Specializes in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
1628 Ford Avenue
Southfield, MI
(248) 423-4220; (313) 966-3222

Dr. Nsima Usen practices reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. Dr. Usen's areas of expertise include bone pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and foot reconstruction. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Usen honors. He completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Usen speaks the following foreign languages: 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: Accepts patients who refuse blood/blood products, Athlete's Foot, Foot And Ankle Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Theodore Benjamin Jones MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)
18100 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI
(313) 429-7949; (313) 745-7641

Dr. Theodore Jones sees patients in Dearborn, MI, Wayne, MI, and Detroit, MI. His medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Jones's residency was performed at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Diabetes Mellitus in Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, Obstetric Ultrasound, Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
18101 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI
(313) 593-7000

Dr. Lily Go sees patients in Wyandotte, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Newport, MI. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Before completing her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, Dr. Go attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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All Interests: Anxiety and depression counseling; weight loss management; diabetes and hypertension management




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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.