What is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the field of medicine that specializes in the care of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a complex collection of hormone-producing glands that control basic body functions such as metabolism, growth, and sexual development. The endocrine system consists of:
- Pituitary gland
- Adrenal cortex
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid glands
The amount of hormones produced by each gland is carefully balanced, and the hormones produced by the endocrine glands interact with each other to maintain this balance. Too much or too little of a certain hormone can have effects throughout the body and cause various endocrine disorders.
What do Endocrinologists Treat?
Centegra Physician Care (CPC) endocrinologists treat many different symptoms and diseases related to the endocrine system at CPC clinics in Crystal Lake, Huntley, and McHenry, including:
Evaluation and management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in adults and children older than 10, including access to a fully accredited Diabetes Education Center comprised of dietitians, diabetes educators, nurse practitioners, and psychologists.
Our offices offer education and management of:
- Insulin pumps – deliver insulin automatically, allowing for additional corrective amounts to be given. Pumps are worn continually.
- V-Go devices – a simple form of pump that delivers low doses of insulin only without automatic corrections/adjustments.
Diagnostic/sensor equipment, such as the I-Pro can help monitor and record blood sugar numbers every 5 minutes. They are provided in the office, worn for 3 days and then returned so the data can be assessed and further treatment can be determined.
Our Certified Diabetes Educator helps educate and counsel patients on insulin usage and management, as well as start diagnostic equipment and pumps.
Thyroid Disease, Nodules and Cancer
Management and treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in adults and children older than 10, as well as thyroid nodules, goiters and multinodular goiters. Management of thyroid cancer in adult patients, including papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer, alongside local otolaryngologists and at large tertiary academic centers.
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
Treatment of disorders of low bone density in adults.
Treatment of pituitary tumors and pituitary disorders in adults.
Management and treatment of adrenal gland diseases, including pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperaldosteronism, adrenal gland tumors, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia in adults.
Female Reproductive Disorders
Management of adult female patients and females older than age 10 who may have polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular periods, abnormal hair growth known as hirsutism and/or ovarian cysts.
Management of disorders of low testosterone in adult male patients.
Other Endocrine Disorders
Other endocrine disorders treated at Centegra Physician Care clinics include:
- Hormone imbalances
- Disorders of the metabolism
- Problems with menopause
- Cholesterol problems
- Endocrine cancer
- Growth problems
Convenient Locations for Endocrinology Care
Centegra Endocrinology Services are conveniently located in Crystal Lake, Huntley and Woodstock.
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