Conditions We Treat
If you have diabetes, it means you have too much glucose in your blood. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems. Our treatment team offers a caring and courteous experience when you come to our center. We are open five days a week and have an answering service for after hours, weekend and holiday emergency calls. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable of the equipment and prescription needs of our patients. The most common conditions we treat are:
Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, also called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it is a source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.
There are two chronic types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. There are also two potentially reversible diabetes conditions called prediabetes, which is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after your child is delivered.
The Diabetes Treatment Center’s services are unique in that we have the capability of treating patients of all ages with diabetes and endocrine disorders. Our center is the only diabetes care team to offer personal health records that is integrated with your electronic medical record which means that vital signs, labs and medication are populated in your personal health records. We are the only center in the area to provide free access to an education web portal for patients to get diabetes information that is vetted from a diabetes healthcare professional. For these reasons, we are recognized as a Diabetes Center of Excellence by Global Technology Community for our innovative technology services in 2012. Insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors are available for patients that have difficulty controlling diabetes or patients who wish to use this technology to improve their diabetes management.
Thyroid disorders are second only to diabetes as the most common condition to affect the endocrine system – the glands that secrete hormones. As a result, it is common for patients to be affected by both thyroid disease and diabetes. Abnormal thyroid function can have a major impact on the control of diabetes since the thyroid gland plays a central role in the regulation of metabolism. Since untreated thyroid disorder can increase the risk of certain diabetic complications and can aggravate many diabetes symptoms, our center screens and diagnose abnormal thyroid function with simple blood tests followed by effective treatment. We also perform ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy of the thyroid for patients with thyroid nodules.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can result in pain and disability. Type 1 diabetes is linked to low bone density. Insulin, which is deficient in type 1 diabetes, may promote bone growth and strength. At our center, we provide and educate our diabetes patients in strategies to prevent and treat osteoporosis. We perform bone density scans (DEXA) in our radiology department to diagnose osteoporosis.
The adrenal glands release hormones that are essential to life such as the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol is a hormone that helps the body respond to stressful situations such as surgery or infection. It also increases blood sugar by stimulating the liver to make glucose and by preventing movement of glucose into the cells. Our center treats and educates our patients on hormonal imbalance in the adrenal glands that can lead to high blood sugar levels and diabetes. We perform specialized tests in our center to determine if patients have an adrenal disorder.
Calcium and bone disorders
Like osteoporosis, bones disorders and calcium-related conditions are linked to diabetes and increased risk of breaking bones. At our center, we provide and educate our diabetes patients in strategies to prevent and treat calcium and bone disorders.
Growth and puberty disorders
The Diabetes Treatment Center provides care across the age continuum for patients with diabetes and other endocrine system problems, such as puberty, growth and thyroid disorders. We believe in caring for you or your child while helping you learn how best to manage your condition.
A Pituitary disease is a disorder primarily affecting the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland, or hypophysis, is an endocrine gland the size of a pea at the base of the brain. The gland excretes hormones and help control body processes such as growth, blood pressure, thyroid function and energy (metabolism). Too much or too little of pituitary hormones as a result of a pituitary tumor or destruction of the pituitary gland from trauma, excessive blood loss or surgery can cause multiple hormonal problems including diabetes.
Male and female hormone disorders
The Diabetes Treatment Center offers reproductive endocrinology care for patients with hormone and reproductive disorders. We evaluate and treat males with low testosterone. Females who have menstrual irregularity along with excessive body hair or acne are evaluated and treated at our center for a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. This syndrome may be associated with an increased risk for developing diabetes.