The medical staff of Endocrinology Consultants has earned the reputation of being among the premier specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders including diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, low testosterone and adrenal, & pituitary abnormalities. Our practice is equipped to perform the most advanced diagnostic procedures such as thyroid ultrasound imaging, thyroid aspiration biopsies, bone density scans for osteoporosis, neuro-metric testing and continuous glucose monitoring. If you have specific questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office.
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Known as diabetes, this is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
This clinical syndrome, that results from low blood sugar (glucose), occurs when the body’s sugar is used up too quickly, glucose is released into the bloodstream too slowly, or too much insulin is released into the bloodstream.
An under-active thyroid, with too little secretion of thyroid hormone, is called hypothyroidism, with general symptoms of slowing down.
An overactive thyroid gland is called hyperthyroidism, with signs of increased body metabolism, along with possible swelling of the thyroid gland (known as goiter.)
Thyroid Nodules & Cancer
A thyroid nodule is defined as a small lump of tissue (either solid or cystic – filled with fluid), usually more than one quarter of an inch in diameter that may protrude from the neck’s surface or may form in the thyroid gland itself. The nodule can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
The word osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.” It occurs when bones lose an excessive amount of their protein and mineral content, particularly calcium. Over time, bone mass, and therefore bone strength, is decreased. As a result, bones become fragile and break easily.
Diseases of the bone, including hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, rickets and others, can be attributed to cellular changes or to nutritional deficiencies/excesses brought on by dietary imbalances.
Parathyroid & Calcium Disorders
Humans typically have four parathyroid glands. The glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which regulates blood calcium and phosphate levels. Increased hormone secretion releases calcium from bone into the bloodstream resulting in blood calcium excess.
Adrenal & Pituitary Disorders
Adrenal gland disorders occur when the adrenal glands don’t work properly. Sometimes, the cause is a problem in another gland that helps to regulate the adrenal gland. In other cases, the adrenal gland itself may have the problem.
The pituitary gland is a tiny organ, the size of a pea, found at the base of the brain. As the master gland of the body, it produces and secretes many hormones that travel throughout the body, directing certain processes stimulating other glands to produce different types of hormones. The pituitary gland controls biochemical processes important to our well-being. Adrenal and Pituitary disorders include: Cushing’s Syndrome and Disease, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Pituitary and Adrenal Tumors, Addison’s Disease and others.
Obesity & Nutrition
Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as it flows through them. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the body’s tissues. Hypertension, high blood pressure, is serious because people with the condition have a higher risk for heart disease and other medical problems than people with normal blood pressure. Serious complications can be avoided by getting regular blood pressure checks and treating hypertension as soon as it is diagnosed.
The medical term for high blood cholesterol and triglycerides is lipid disorder. Such a disorder occurs when you have too many fatty substances in your blood. These substances include cholesterol and triglycerides.
Reproductive endocrinologists treat infertility by identifying the factors involved in infertility, in both men and women, and selecting the appropriate methods to treat these factors.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
As a condition in which there may be many small cysts in the ovaries, this can be one of the leading causes of female infertility and irregular periods. This is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age (12-45 years old.)
Known as testosterone deficiency, this male infertility condition is characterized by inefficiency of the male sex glands (testes) in production of adequate testosterone, sperm or both. It’s natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, but sometimes low testosterone can cause symptoms ranging from low sex drive to depression.