We found 24 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Niles, IL.

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Dr. Mark E Molitch, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Molitch practices adult endocrinology in Chicago, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and cushing's disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Molitch completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Molitch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Cushing's Disease, Acromegaly

Dr. Susan Shapiro Braithwaite, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
3048 W Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Susan Braithwaite practices adult endocrinology, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Braithwaite is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Braithwaite graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Braithwaite completed a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Transplant Procedures, Adrenal Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
9977 Woods Drive; Suite 240
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Duck is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. His residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In Dr. Duck's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Duck accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Jayshree Dhali, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2740 W Foster Avenue; Suite 316
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jayshree Dhali is an adult endocrinology specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Dhali (or staff) speaks Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Dhali is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. She is a graduate of Lady Hardinge Medical College. She trained at Chicago Medical School for her residency. Dr. Dhali is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Weight Loss, Diabetes

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
9977 Woods Drive; Suite 240
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Drobac practices pediatric endocrinology in Skokie, IL and Vernon Hills, IL. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include diabetes. Dr. Drobac is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Drobac attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Maguy Chiha, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2901 W Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maguy Chiha is an adult endocrinology specialist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chiha is professionally affiliated with Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Mark Anthony Rosanova, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5872 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Rosanova's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His areas of expertise include diabetes, glaucoma, and glasses. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosanova average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delphi, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosanova (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Rosanova is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital and St. Alexius Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Surgery, Diabetes, Glasses, Glaucoma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9301 Golf Road; Suite 302
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Debjani Roy practices general internal medicine. She attended Burdwan Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Chicago Medical School for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Roy include diabetes, pap test, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She speaks Bengali. Dr. Roy's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Ultrasound, Pap Test, Echocardiogram

Dr. Thomas E Bournias, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3633 W Lake Avenue; Suite 104
Glenview, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Bournias' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He speaks Greek. His clinical interests include diabetes, diabetic eye exam, and cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Dr. Bournias's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Before completing his residency at Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Bournias attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Bournias has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Glaucoma Surgery, Implant Surgery, Diabetic Eye Exam, Diabetes, Dry Eyes, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kate Lynn Katarzyna Swiatnicka, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5215 N. California Avenue; Suite 602
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kate Maxouris is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Maxouris speaks Polish. She has a special interest in diabetes, preventive care, and women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Swedish Covenant Hospital. She studied medicine at Medical University of Warsaw. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Maxouris is closed to new patients at this time.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9977 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Anna Purinson's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at Aurora Health Care, Dr. Purinson attended Saint Petersburg I.P. Pavlov Medical University for medical school. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Purinson speaks Russian. She is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes

Gregory C Bryniczka
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton Street
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Bryniczka's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He practices in Wheaton, IL, Aurora, IL, and Streamwood, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Bryniczka include diabetes, foot problems, and sports health. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH). Dr. Bryniczka's training includes residency programs at Northlake Community Hospital and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bryniczka honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Richard Royal Leitzen
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
7954 Oakton
Niles, IL
 

Dr. Richard Leitzen is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Wheaton, IL, Streamwood, IL, and Niles, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Leitzen include diabetes, nail issues, and diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Leitzen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Fractures, Ligament Problems, Laser Treatment, Physical Therapy Treatment, Diabetes, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bozena Grazyna Mulvenna (Sznajder), MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5215 N. California Avenue; Suite 602
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bozena Theodoropoulos' area of specialization is family medicine. She is conversant in Polish. In Dr. Theodoropoulos's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, preventive care, and women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. Before completing her residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Theodoropoulos attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Theodoropoulos honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Theodoropoulos has an open panel.

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

Dr. Sanjay Pravin Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 N River Road; Suite 315
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Sanjay Patel specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center for residency. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Blood Pressure Problems, Cancer Screening, Cardiac Risk Reduction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
8901 West Golf Road; Suite 206
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Alter's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alter include diabetes, macular degeneration, and eye trauma. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Alter accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Great-West Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Alter attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Eye Trauma, Retina Problems, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Repair, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

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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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