We found 14 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept AARP near Geneva, IL.

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Dr. Sapna Sanjay Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sapna Shah is an adult endocrinologist in Geneva, IL and Chicago, IL. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Shah attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, pituitary disorders, and pregnancy. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Laura Koeppel Koeppel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Laura Tagle works as a general internist. Her clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Tagle is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Tagle completed her residency training at Carolinas Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tagle include: Chief Resident, Carolinas Medical Center and Marvin M. McCall, III Outstanding Houseofficer Awa, Carolinas Medical Center.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Norbert Mathias Becker, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1000 Randall Road; Suite 100
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Norbert Becker's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Becker include diabetes. Dr. Becker is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Becker has an open panel.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Diabetes, Uveitis

Dr. Thomas E Eng, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Eng works as a family practice physician in Geneva, IL. Dr. Eng's clinical interests include diabetes, foot problems, and holistic approaches. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Eng is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Steven L Burandt, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Steven Burandt works as a family practice physician. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton, Dr. Burandt attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, holistic approaches, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Burandt is open to new patients.

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Eveline Faith Tan
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Eveline Tan is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in Wheaton, IL and Geneva, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tan include diabetes, sports health, and wounds. Dr. Tan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, Wounds

Dr. Jason M Carter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 300
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Jason Carter's specialty is family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carter include diabetes, heart problems, and preventive care. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carter's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at MacNeal Hospital.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Preventive Care

Dr. Scott Duncan McNaughton, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Scott McNaughton specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. McNaughton include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. McNaughton is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Patient ratings for Dr. McNaughton average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McNaughton is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. McNaughton is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Chronic Illness

Dr. Edward J Ward III, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Edward Ward's areas of specialization are family medicine and sports medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Ward has an open panel.

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Dr. Jose Magana, MBA, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2635 Church Road; Suite 201
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Jose Magana's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Magana honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Magana's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. John P Vaikutis, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2800 Beverly Drive
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. John Vaikutis is an Aurora, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Vaikutis include diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vaikutis is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Vaikutis 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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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Melissa Marie Fish, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Melissa Fish is a family practice physician. Clinical interests for Dr. Fish include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Fish completed her residency training at MacNeal Hospital.

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

Dr. Kevin M King, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1000 Randall Road; Suite 100
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Kevin King is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Geneva, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. King is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

Dr. Daniel J Kruse, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 200
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Kruse specializes in family medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Kruse is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Kruse is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He trained at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care

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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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