Our endocrine system is comprised of a series of glands. These secrete and produce hormones essential to a wide variety of bodily functions. The testes, pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, and ovaries are some primary examples of glands involved. Though most general practitioners can diagnose and treat some basic hormonal conditions, sometimes a true specialist is necessary. When it comes to insulin resistance, an endocrinologist is just the doctor diabetes patients need.
The Diabetes Doctor
Endocrinologists have in-depth education on the various hormonal conditions. They specialize in all the biochemical processes that make your body work. This includes how your body grows and metabolizes food. They may work with adults or kids.
After attending college for four years, they move on to medical school for four more years. As a resident, they work in hospitals and clinics for three years gaining experience treating people. Finally, they’ll spend another 2 or 3 years training specifically in endocrinology. On average, the whole process usually takes around ten years.
As our knowledge and understanding of hormonal diseases changes, they keep abreast of every new development. So, they know the latest and most innovative treatments, even when conventional therapies have failed. Patients with diabetes who may see the most benefit from seeing an endocrinologist include:
- If you are newly diagnosed and learning how to manage it
- If you use an insulin pump or have to make many daily injections
- Typical treatments aren’t working, or you are having a tough time managing your condition
- You have complications from diabetes
Specializing in Diabetes Care
Your endocrinologist will work in conjunction with your primary care physician. Another set of eyes when dealing with a hormonal condition ensures you are taking the proper overall steps to maintain overall health. This is why when managing diabetes, the support of an endocrinologist is vital.
Here at Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic, we know managing diabetes can be complex. We specialize in complete coordination of care under one roof, easing the burden on our patients. To learn more about our diabetes care services for children and adults, call (210) 614-8612, or submit an appointment request online.