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William C Bayer, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Endocrinology
average rating 3.33 stars (17 ratings)
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. William Bayer's areas of specialization are general practice and adult endocrinology; he sees patients in Carol Stream, IL. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bayer honors. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bayer is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Endocrinology
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
25 N. Winfield Road; Suite 419
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar is a general practitioner and endocrinologist in Wheaton, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lisle, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Kassar is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, Dr. Kassar attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He speaks Arabic.

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Aileen Westrick, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Endocrinology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Aileen Westrick is a physician who specializes in general practice and adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Westrick takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Westrick trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Paul Steven Menet MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 2.85 stars (4 ratings)
245 S Gary Avenue; Suite 202
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Paul Menet specializes in adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Menet speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and endometrial cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Menet's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Menet has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Osteoporosis, Endometrial Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Zeenat Parveen M.D.
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
371 S Main Place
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Zeenat Parveen sees patients in Rockford, IL, Cherry Valley, IL, and Carol Stream, IL. Her medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. Dr. Parveen honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital for medical school and subsequently trained at Westlake Hospital for residency. Dr. Parveen (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL), and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Daesman Suri MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 2.93 stars (11 ratings)
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Daesman Suri is a Wheaton, IL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Suri include diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Suri is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for her residency.

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

Carrie Ann Zimmer M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Carrie Zimmer is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zimmer's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zimmer's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 202
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Sathananthan attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sathananthan takes. Dr. Sathananthan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Mandeep S. Kohli D.O
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Mandeep Kohli specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. Dr. Kohli's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). Dr. Kohli attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He is open to new patients.

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Sunil N. Matiwala M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Sunil Matiwala's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Matiwala takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College, Surat for medical school and subsequently trained at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for residency. Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). Dr. Matiwala's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Blood Pressure Problems

Christopher G Santi, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Christopher Santi works as a general practitioner, general internist, and pediatrician. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Santi is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Santi has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Kathleen C Moline, DO
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
average rating 4.25 stars (4 ratings)
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 501
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Moline specializes in general practice and family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moline's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, depression, and heart problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Moline takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Moline trained at MacNeal Hospital for her residency.

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

Beth E Larson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Beth Larson works as a general practitioner and family practitioner in Wheaton, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Larson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Larson has an open panel. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Larson trained at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

Ronald G Severino Jr, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
average rating 4.25 stars (4 ratings)
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Ronald Severino is a Wheaton, IL physician who specializes in general practice and family medicine. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Severino include diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Severino is conversant in Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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

Michelle M Hephner, DO
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
885 Roosevelt Road; Suite 201
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Hephner's medical specialty is general practice and family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Hephner obtained her medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Hephner has an open panel.

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Jane E Larsen, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 200
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Jane Larsen's areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Larsen's clinical interests: diabetes, newborn care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She graduated from The University of Manchester School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Newborn Care, Women's Health Issues, Asthma

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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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