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Dr. Tahir Rohail, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2910 Harlem Avenue; #1
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Tahir Rohail's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rohail accepts. Dr. Rohail studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. Dr. Rohail (or staff) is conversant in 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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6170 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL
 

Dr. Hasan Khan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Khan welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Daniel Owens is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is especially interested in diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye surgery. Dr. Owens honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency 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. 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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Dr. Elizabeth Christine Kirchoff, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 South Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff is a family medicine physician. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kirchoff's areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kirchoff honors. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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. Mohammed Akbar Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S. Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf sees patients in Burr Ridge, IL and La Grange, IL. His medical specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Yousuf is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yousuf graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Dr. Jesse K Park, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
100 Tower Drive; Suite 105
Burr Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Jesse Park sees patients in Burr Ridge, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Park is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Park's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Park is conversant in Korean.

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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. Manish I Desai, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5909 W 35th Street
Cicero, IL
 

Dr. Manish Desai practices general internal medicine in Cicero, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Desai attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Kenneth S Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Kenneth Nelson specializes in family medicine and practices in Westchester, IL. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, contraception (birth control), and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Nelson attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Nelson takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more.

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Dr. William L Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 Willow Springs Road; 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. William Nelson specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Nelson include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Nelson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Italian. Dr. Nelson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Donald D Higgins, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Donald Higgins specializes in family medicine and practices in Westchester, IL. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Higgins include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Higgins's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Higgins's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Daniel G Hunter Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 Willow Springs Road; S. Pavillon, 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Smith works as a family medicine physician and geriatrician. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hunter-Smith attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Hunter-Smith's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Marc A Freed, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Marc Freed works as a pediatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: premature babies, heart problems, and nutrition counseling. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freed takes. Dr. Freed studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks Arabic and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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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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