The endocrine system controls hormones, which affect nearly every bodily function. When any part of this system isn’t working properly, your health suffers. Our endocrinology team will work with you to diagnose your condition and develop a personal treatment plan.
Diabetes may be the most well-known endocrine disorder, but other conditions we treat include:
Treatment of endocrine conditions
Your care team will customize a treatment plan based on your diagnosis, health goals and lifestyle. Treatment options may include:
Insulin pumps deliver insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter under the skin. They can help keep blood glucose levels within your target ranges without regular injections.
We’ll teach you to use the pump, including how to alter the settings and manage your pump during meals and exercise, and follow up to make sure you don’t have questions.
A key component to many treatment plans, including diabetes management, is making lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and staying active. Our registered dietitians and exercise physiologists will partner with you and your doctor to develop a nutrition and fitness plan that works for your life.
When lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to control your condition, medication may be necessary. This can include taking synthetic hormones, such as insulin. Our doctor and pharmacists will work with you to determine the proper drugs, doses and frequency. We’ll also make sure you understand how to manage and adjust your medication as needed.
Some conditions of the endocrine system may require surgically removing part or all of a gland. This is most commonly performed on the thyroid, but also can be done on the pancreas and parathyroid and adrenal glands.
Treatment for diabetes-related complications
Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes can lead to potentially serious or life-threatening complications, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
Our endocrinology team works with experts in fields such as heart, kidney, feet and wound care to prevent and treat these conditions.