We found 22 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity near Evergreen Park, IL.

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Dr. Ammar Adnan Bayrakdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2955 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Evergreen Park, IL, Hickory Hills, IL, and Maywood, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bayrakdar is conversant in Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bayrakdar's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hyperglycemia, Diabetes, Obesity, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4400 W 95th Street; Suite 102
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Farah Hasan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Her areas of expertise consist of thyroid problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Hasan accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. Dr. Hasan is professionally affiliated with The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Jyothsna Palla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2955 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Jyothsna Palla's specialty is adult endocrinology. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Palla attended medical school at Kakatiya Medical College. Dr. Palla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Palla (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Telugu, and Arabic. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital and Palos Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Abdallah Altarshan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2955 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Abdallah Altarshan is an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Altarshan include diabetes. His professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. Dr. Altarshan attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altarshan is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Diabetes, Obesity, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Priya Bhatia Raju, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9125 S Pulaski Road
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Priya Raju is a nephrologist. In her practice, Dr. Raju focuses on lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Raju attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Igbo, French, and Gujarati. Dr. Raju is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Grazina Walter Vizinas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6918 W Archer Avenue; 3 and 4
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edmund Vizinas sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Vizinas highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Vizinas is conversant in Lithuanian.

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

Dr. Igor A Altman, MBA, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Vein Disease, Wound Care
2800 W 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Igor Altman is a physician who specializes in family medicine, vein disease (phlebology), and wound care. Dr. Altman (or staff) is conversant in Russian and Ukrainian. Dr. Altman's areas of expertise include lymphedema. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Soft Tissue Problems, Lymphedema

Dr. Donald V Woznica Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6283 S Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Donald Woznica's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woznica accepts. Dr. Woznica attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Woznica trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Woznica is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Walter Rudek, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Walter Rudek specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at MacNeal Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Rudek focuses on diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He speaks Polish. Dr. Rudek is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Richard J Dejong, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5841 S Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Richard Dejong works as a family practice physician in Chicago, IL and Flossmoor, IL. Dr. Dejong is especially interested in primary care and diabetes. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Dejong is affiliated with Palos Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Diabetes

Dr. Wayne C Williamson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
11600 S Kedzie Avenue; Suite K
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Williamson is a general internist and geriatrician. Dr. Williamson's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Shahbain, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12508 S. Harlem Avenue Building C; 12508 S. Harlem Avenue, Building C
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palos Heights, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahbain include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at West Suburban Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Shahbain's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Dilip M Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
6134 S Harlem Avenue
Summit, IL
 

Dr. Dilip Shah sees patients in Summit Argo, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Shah studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Robert J Kash, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6545 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Kash's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Kash's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and atrial fibrillation. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Kash attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Kimberly Lashae Johnson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
736 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kimberly Johnson's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and weight management. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's residency program. She is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Johnson is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Weight Management, Diabetes

Dr. Joyce Chen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
10961 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joyce Chen practices family medicine. Dr. Chen accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For her professional training, Dr. Chen completed a residency program at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Chen is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Diabetes, 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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