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Dr. Paul Steven Menet, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
245 S Gary Avenue; Suite 202
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Paul Menet is an adult endocrinologist in Bloomingdale, IL. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Menet include thyroid problems, endometrial cancer, and headache. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Menet is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. Dr. Menet is accepting 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 Carol Stream, IL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Patients gave Dr. Bayer an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bayer's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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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Dr. Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 419
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar is an adult endocrinology specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Kassar a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Kassar is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kassar welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Zeenat Parveen's medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, cardiac risk reduction, and heart failure. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Parveen obtained her medical school training at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital and performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Parveen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Oriya, and Bengali. Her hospital/clinic 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 N Suri Hoden, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Daesman Suri is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Suri has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, pituitary tumor, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Dr. Suri is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Dr. Aileen Hariman Westrick, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Aileen Westrick works as an adult endocrinologist in Carol Stream, IL. These areas are among Dr. Westrick's clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Westrick welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Carrie Ann Zimmer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2001 Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Carrie Zimmer sees patients in Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Zimmer's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 202
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan sees patients in Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Sathananthan include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mandeep Kohli works as a general internist. In addition to English, Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Kohli's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for his residency. Dr. Kohli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sunil Matiwala is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Surat. Dr. Matiwala's residency was performed at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Matiwala (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). Dr. Matiwala has an open panel.

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

Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
701 North Winthrop Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed sees patients in Lombard, IL and Glendale Heights, IL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahmed honors Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before completing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Ahmed attended medical school at Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ahmed's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Joaquin I Heng, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
501 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL
 

Dr. Joaquin Heng specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Carol Stream, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heng include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heng welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson's specialties are surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Anderson-Nelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Anderson-Nelson's practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

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

Dr. Christopher Santi specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Wheaton, IL. These areas are among Dr. Santi's clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Santi welcomes new patients. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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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 specializes in family medicine and practices in Winfield, IL. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Moline include diabetes, depression, and heart problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of MacNeal Hospital's residency program. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Moline has an open panel.

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

Dr. Noha S Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi is a pediatric ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ekdawi's residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Ekdawi is accepting new patients.

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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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