Village Medical Group – Conditions We Treat
Endocrinology is a sub specialty of Internal Medicine that specializes in conditions of the endocrine glands of the body. This includes the treatment and management of:
There are several types of diabetes and all are defined by a high blood sugar. The type of diabetes determines the initial approach to treatment. Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of the blood sugar from not enough insulin being produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of the blood sugar from the body’s inability to utilize insulin efficiently in addition to inadequate insulin production.
When treating diabetes, we ask that patients monitor their blood sugar at home regularly and bring the glucose monitor to every office appointment where we can transfer the data to our computer for analysis.
We often use the diagnostic tool called Continuous Glucose Monitor Sensor. For 3 days, the patient wears a very small sensor that monitors the blood sugar multiple times a minute and then a computer analysis is generated, which is then interpreted by the physician. A follow-up appointment to specifically review the information with the patient is part of this diagnostic test.
Many patients benefit from wearing an insulin pump, a device that delivers insulin continuously. There are several models and frequent improvements in these devices.
High insulin levels and insulin resistance, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and increased risk for heart disease define this common syndrome. This is considered a predictable condition. The treatment of this syndrome involves modifying lifestyle and in some cases, taking medication.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Some or all of the following symptoms characterize this syndrome: abnormal menstrual cycles, infertility, prep-diabetes, obesity, acne, and excess hair on the face or body.
Thyroid diseases can affect the function of the thyroid and/or the anatomic structure of the thyroid gland.
These conditions are defined by a thinning of the bones that may lead to the weakening of the skeleton and bone fracture.
Pituitary Gland Dysfunction
Often called the master glands, the pituitary gland makes hormones that control those produced by the thyroid, adrenal gland, ovaries and testicles. In addition, the pituitary secretes growth hormone and prolactin.
Women may or may not need hormone replacement. Other menopause issues may also be addressed.
Certain conditions in men may require testosterone treatment.
Adrenal Gland Disorders
Treatment of adrenal gland disorders includes the evaluation and medical management of problems with the production of the adrenal gland hormones.