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Jeffrey Y. Chang MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 2.97 stars (9 ratings)
3308 W Chartwell Road
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Chang is an adult endocrinology specialist in Peoria, IL. He graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chang include diabetes and thyroid problems. Dr. Chang is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL).

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes

Hady Sfeir
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
average rating 1.87 stars (2 ratings)
1001 Main Street; Suite 400
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Hady Sfeir's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Sfeir attended medical school at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and thyroid problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL) and OSF Medical Group.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 4.93 stars (4 ratings)
420 Ne Glen Oak Avenue; Suite 401
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Sue Sauder, who practices in Peoria, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Sauder has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sauder include diabetes. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Sauder's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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Brian Bostwick MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1 Illini Drive
Peoria, IL
 

Dr. Brian Bostwick, who practices in Peoria, IL, is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine. He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bostwick include diabetes. Dr. Bostwick is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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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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