We found 92 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near La Grange Park, IL.

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Dr. Nila M Vora, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue; (7511 Lemont Road, Darien, Il. 60561)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nila Vora's specialty is adult endocrinology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes and aviation medical exams. Dr. Vora honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vora obtained her medical school training at the University of Mumbai and performed her residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College. Dr. Vora (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. She is affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Aviation Medical Exams

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

Dr. Ammar Bayrakdar, who practices in Evergreen Park, IL, Hickory Hills, IL, and Maywood, IL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Patient ratings for Dr. Bayrakdar average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and diabetes. Dr. Bayrakdar is in-network for CIGNA Plans, Humana HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bayrakdar is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Robbins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Miller sees patients in Chicago, IL and New Lenox, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Miller graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mary Emanuele specializes in adult endocrinology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. She is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Emanuele honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Parathyroid Disease, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Gerald Ambrose Charnogursky, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue; (9608 Roberts Road, Hickory Hills, Il. 60457)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Charnogursky practices adult endocrinology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Charnogursky is professionally affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Charnogursky honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Sarah Nadeem, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Sarah Nadeem works as an endocrinologist. Her clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and vitamin D deficiency. Dr. Nadeem is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Nadeem (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Nadeem is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Dr. Hong Shing Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
911 N. Elm Street; St. 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Hong Lee sees patients in Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. His areas of expertise include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Lee attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Specializes in Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Ms. Cristina Suffoletta's specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Ms. Suffoletta has a special interest in diabetes. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Edward C Sankary, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2160 S 1st Avenue; (16621 S. 107th Court, Orland Park, Il. 60467)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Edward Sankary works as an internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sankary's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, primary care, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Palos Hospital and Loyola Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Sankary obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Allergies, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Dr. Norma A Lopez-Shaar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Norma Lopez specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Maywood, IL, Burr Ridge, IL, and Homer Glen, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Lopez include diabetes, pituitary disorders, and osteoporosis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Lopez attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lopez is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. James A Rupp Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
321 N La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL
 

Dr. James Rupp's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rupp include diabetes, preventive care, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Rupp is affiliated with Loyola Medicine.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

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

Dr. Susan Anderson-Nelson is a physician who specializes in surgery and ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include diabetes and macular degeneration. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson-Nelson takes. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Anderson-Nelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. She is open to 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 is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Patient ratings for Dr. Ekdawi average 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ekdawi include diabetes, amblyopia (lazy eye), and down syndrome. Dr. Ekdawi is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Ekdawi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at Mayo Clinic for her residency.

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All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Eye Exam, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Newborn Care, Eye ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tahir Rohail's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rohail (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rohail include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He attended medical school at King Edward Medical University. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Arthritis, Hormone Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Khan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Manipulation, Fatigue, ... (Read more)

O Kent Kent Mercado
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
6545 W North Avenue
Oak Park, IL
 

Dr. O. Mercado's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Carol Stream, IL, Oak Park, IL, and Naperville, IL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, foot problems, and leg ulcers. Dr. Mercado takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for residency. Dr. Mercado (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Polish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Leg Ulcers

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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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