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Dr. Ammar Adnan Bayrakdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar is a specialist in adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Bayrakdar a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Humana HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bayrakdar has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bayrakdar has an open panel.

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

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. 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. 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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan is a Countryside, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Khan has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes. Dr. Khan studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He has an open panel.

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Dr. Daniel P Owens, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
126 W First Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Owens is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Owens has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from 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 is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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Dr. Scott Duncan Robertson, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5201 S Willow Springs Road; Suite 300
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Scott Robertson specializes in family medicine. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and adolescent issues. Dr. Robertson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robertson accepts. Dr. Robertson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Stanislava Coufal, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 2c
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Stanislava Coufal's specialty is general pediatrics. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Coufal's clinical interests include diabetes, learning disabilities, and premature babies. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of Masaryk University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Coufal trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for her residency. Dr. Coufal (or staff) is conversant in Czech, Polish, and Russian. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Carolyn F Rae, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Carolyn Rae specializes in general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rae attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Marie K Philobos, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8310 Lemont Road
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Marie Philobos works as a general pediatrician in Chicago, IL, Melrose Park, IL, and Darien, IL. She attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Philobos include diabetes, premature babies, and nutrition counseling. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Dr. Philobos's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Dr. Sheri L Michaels, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 100
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Sheri Evans' specialty is family medicine. Dr. Evans is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Evans takes. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Jon P Gieser, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jon Gieser sees patients in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, Dr. Gieser focuses on diabetes, laser surgery, and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Gieser attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gieser is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Retina Problems, Vitreous Problems

Dr. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Tahir Rohail practices general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. Dr. Rohail honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at King Edward Medical University. Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Elizabeth Christine Kirchoff, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow; Springs-2nd Floor South Pav
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kirchoff include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Kirchoff studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center La Grange 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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