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Dr. William Patrick Zeller, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology
2001 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. W. Zeller's medical specialty is adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, growth problems, and down syndrome. Dr. Zeller is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Zeller attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Laura D Stern, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Laura Levin is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Before performing her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Levin attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Levin's areas of expertise include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Wahid Kassar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1019 School Street
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Wahid Kassar specializes in adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Kassar's areas of expertise include diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Kassar is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassar accepts. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Kassar's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Carrie Zimmer is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Zimmer's clinical interests encompass diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Zimmer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
201 E Ogden Avenue; Suite 26
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee is an adult endocrinology specialist in Hinsdale, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Lee accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Cantonese. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Stephen D Skjei, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 240
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Skjei is an endocrinologist in Wheaton, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skjei include diabetes. Dr. Skjei is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Skjei accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Matheni Sathananthan is an endocrinologist. Dr. Sathananthan's clinical interests include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sathananthan takes. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Iram Aleem Ahmed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2500 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 230; Suite 205
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Iram Ahmed practices general internal medicine. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ahmed takes several insurance carriers, including Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. Before performing her residency at Westlake Hospital, Dr. Ahmed attended Sindh Medical College and Dow Medical College for medical school. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Christopher Santi is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Santi's clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Susan J Anderson-Nelson, MD
Specializes in Surgery, Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson's specialties are surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). She practices in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. She has a special interest in diabetes and macular degeneration. Dr. Anderson-Nelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. She attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Anderson-Nelson takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Retina Problems

Dr. Noha S Ekdawi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Noha Ekdawi works as a pediatric ophthalmologist. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Ekdawi's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Mayo Clinic.

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Dr. Jon Potter Aagaard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 210
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Jon Aagaard's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Aagaard completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Rockford. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aagaard include diabetes, primary care, and obesity. Patients rated Dr. Aagaard highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Aagaard welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Obesity, Newborn Care, Asthma

Dr. Beth E Larson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2001 N Gary Avenue; Suite 110
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Beth Larson's specialty is family medicine. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Larson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Larson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
705 Warrenville Road; Suite B
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He trained at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Bryniczka's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bryniczka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH). His practice is open to new patients.

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Richard Royal Leitzen
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
705 Warrenville Road; Suite B
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Richard Leitzen works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Leitzen include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Leitzen's training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Leitzen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Jonathan David Meek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Meek specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meek honors. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. Dr. Meek is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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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