VMC takes a comprehensive, team approach to managing diabetes and thyroid disorders. Our endocrinologists partner with patients and their primary care providers to help patients take charge of their health and achieve a better quality of life.
We also offer diabetes education, which is covered by many insurance plans. Our diabetes educators and dietitians can help you learn how to live well with diabetes. Learn more about our diabetes education program.
What is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor who can diagnose diseases that affect your glands. They know how to treat conditions that are often complex and involve many systems within your body. Your primary-care physician refers you to an endocrinologist when you have a problem with your endocrine system.
What is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is a complex group of glands. Glands are organs that make hormones. These are substances that help to control activities in your body. Different types of hormones control reproduction, metabolism (food burning and waste elimination) and growth and development. Hormones also control the way you respond to your surroundings, and they help to provide the proper amount of energy and nutrition your body needs to function. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.
What do endocrinologists do?
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in your system. They take care of many conditions, including:
- Thyroid disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- Adrenal disorders
- Over- or under-production of hormones
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Cholesterol (lipid) disorders
- Lack of growth (short stature)
- Cancers of the endocrine glands
Endocrinologists also conduct basic research to learn the way glands work and clinical research to learn the best methods to treat patients with a hormone imbalance. Through research, endocrinologists develop new drugs and treatments for hormone problems.
Endocrinology at VMC
VMC's endocrinologists manage and treat endocrine-related conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disorders, ensuring patients receive appropriate and comprehensive care to improve quality of life.