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Endocrinology Definitions

If you are having health problems related to your glands or metabolism, your primary care doctor may want to send you to see an endocrinologist for proper diagnosis. An endocrinologist specializes in disorders of the metabolism and glands and can give give proper treatment for diabetes and other disorders. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of endocrinology, you may want to read up on some of these key terms before your appointment.

  • Endocrinology - A branch of medicine dealing with hormonal diseases and gland disorders. Physicians who specialize in this field may have a private practice or work in a hospital.
  • Type 2 Diabetes - Adult onset diabetes caused by having extremely high levels of glucose in the blood. People with type 2 diabetes are not insulin dependent.
  • Thyroid - A gland in the neck which helps to control a person's metabolism.
  • Mellitus - A term used to refer to metabolic illnesses such as diabetes type 1 and type 2.
  • Pediatric Physician - A doctor who primarily treats disorders in babies and children.
  • Hyperglycemia - The medical term for when a person has a high blood sugar.
  • Surgeon - A doctor who works in a hospital or clinic and specializes in performing a certain type of surgery or procedure. Sometimes older individuals with diabetes may need foot surgery.
  • Complication - A side effect that impacts a person's health as the result of a surgery.
  • Eye - An organ humans use to see out of. Some diabetic patients have problems with their eyesight.
  • Symptom - An indication or sign that something else may be wrong. When a person experiences odd health symptoms, a doctor will perform an exam.
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    Endocrine Fellows Foundation
    Endocrinology and diabetes doctors can treat and diagnose type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and type 3 diabetes.  Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions from our association.
     
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    Interamerican Endocrine Primary
    131 E 6th Ave, Buena Vista, GA 31803
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    (229) 277-9920
     
    User Review: "Courtesy, kindness, friendliness and effectivity. I invite all the people with diabetes to get the attention they deserve."
    Intelligent Health Center
    775 Johnson Ferry Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30342
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    (404) 531-3933
     
    User Review: "Dr. Isaacs is the most knowledgeable doctor I have ever seen for thyroid problems. His recommendations have helped improve..." - Joan (GA)
    Eastside Endocrine PC
    1608 Tree Ln Ste A100, Snellville, GA 30078
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    (770) 979-7466
     
    User Review: "I was recommended this particular doctor by a good friend of mine. The initial visit was good as they have you see the pa..."
    Endocrine Consultants
    1497 Lafayette Pkwy, Lagrange, GA 30241
    (706) 837-9660
    Emerging Home Care Pharmacy
    3868 Highway 431, Roanoke, AL 36274
    (334) 863-7511
    Prehab Diabetes Services & Supplies
    15 Cavender St, Newnan, GA 30263
    (770) 304-8136
    Endocrine Consultants
    39 Oak Hill Dr, Newnan, GA 30263
    (770) 683-7873
    East Alabama Endo
    3320 Skyway Dr Ste 713, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 737-2737
    Diabetes Treatment Center of Eamc
    2000 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 528-6800
    Jack H Blalock Jr MD Face
    2300 Manchester Expy Ste F1, Columbus, GA 31904
    (706) 327-4317
    Endocrine Consultants Inc
    2425 Brookstone Centre Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31904
    (706) 322-1700
    Howard J Heinze MD
    2425 Brookstone Centre Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31904
    (706) 322-1700
    Steven B Leichter MD
    2425 Brookstone Centre Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31904
    (706) 322-1700
    Columbus Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & I
    2323 Whittlesey Rd, Columbus, GA 31909
    (706) 653-6344
    West Georgia Center for Diabetes
    410 Dixie St, Carrollton, GA 30117
    (678) 796-0681


    Endocrinology is a sector of the study of biology. With the rising obesity levels in our society over the last decades, the treatment and prevention of diabetes are a major part of health care. Endocrinologists are physicians who study and treat the endocrine system. They may work as part of a private practice or on a team at a medical center. These doctors are working to treat diabetes as well as many other disorders such as those of the thyroid. Issues related to metabolism are also relevant. Diabetic mellitus are varied and are not always initially noticeable by the patient. Often, a person will come to a clinic or general doctor complaining of certain issues. A blood glucose test can determine if the individual is a diabetic. If Blood Sugar levels are too high to treat with diet alone a person may have to take insulin on a regular basis. Type 2 diabetes is the most serious condition and presents many challenges for the sufferer. They may experience complications from the disease with a foot or eye as they age. A surgeon may be consulted for an exam if toes or feet have severe damage. Those with hyperglycemia have problems with levels dropping too low. They suffer from their own set of symptoms and must carefully monitor their food intake. If a child is receives a diagnosis from a doctor they may be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist. Medicine is sometimes available in pill form. Other times, it has to be administered by injection. Endocrinology continues to advance through the efforts of researchers and physicians. Better practices are sought to help individuals who suffer from problems related to metabolism, blood sugar, and other issues of the endocrine system.
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