We found 8 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept United Healthcare Open Access PPO near Downers Grove, IL.

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Dr Daniel Owens MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
126 W First Street
Hinsdale, IL

Dr. Daniel Owens practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Owens include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Owens's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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All Interests: Eye Surgery, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Detachme ... (Read more)

Angela Louise Sylvester MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
11 Salt Creek; Suite 125
Hinsdale, IL

Dr. Angela Sylvestre is a Hinsdale, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Sylvestre is especially interested in diabetes, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and asthma. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Sylvestre is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Annual Gynecological Exam, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Asthma, Blood Pressure Problems

Mohammed Akbar Yousuf MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
6101 S County Line Road
Burr Ridge, IL

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Burr Ridge, IL and La Grange, IL. His clinical interests include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Yousuf graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Yousuf honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr Tina M Brueschke MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Tina Brueschke is a Downers Grove, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Brueschke's clinical interests include annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Contraception, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood Pressure Problems, Can ... (Read more)

Loveena S Bouri MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3743 Highland Avenue; Suite 1001
Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Loveena Bouri works as a general internist in Downers Grove, IL and Naperville, IL. These areas are among Dr. Bouri's clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and sleep disorders. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Bouri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems, Fatigue

Dr Elias J Koliopoulos MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 N Elm Street; Suite 301
Hinsdale, IL

Dr. Elias Koliopoulos' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Koliopoulos include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Koliopoulos is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Koliopoulos is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Smoking Cessation

Stamatis Dimitropoulos MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL

Dr. Stamatis Dimitropoulos works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Darien, IL. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Serbo-Croatian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dimitropoulos include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and varicose veins. Dr. Dimitropoulos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Dimitropoulos attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Varicose Veins, Hypertension, Venous Disease, Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease

Heidi Elizabeth Swanson DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
6840 S Main Street; #201
Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Heidi Swanson is a pediatrician in Maywood, IL and Downers Grove, IL. In her practice, Dr. Swanson focuses on diabetes, newborn care, and asthma. Dr. Swanson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Midwestern University. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , Diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Newborn Care, 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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