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News: Centegra welcomes new endocrinologist

Centegra Health System welcomes Jawaad Khokhar, MD, to its medical staff.

Khokhar, who is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has joined the staff of Centegra Primary Care.

He served a fellowship in endocrinology and his residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

To make an appointment with Khokhar at Centegra Primary Care in McHenry, call (815) 338-6600 or visit

Endocrinology is the field of medicine involved in the diagnosis, treatment and 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. It consists of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, pancreas, adrenal cortex, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands and gonads.

The amount of hormones produced by each gland is carefully balanced. Many of the hormones produced by the endocrine glands interact with each other to maintain balance. Too much or too little of a certain hormone can have effects throughout the body and cause various endocrine disorders, including diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the number of people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes will increase from 23.7 to 44.1 million over the next 25 years.

For the population aged 24 to 85 years, a recent   study estimates there are about 19.5 million cases of diagnosed diabetes and about 4.25 million cases of undiagnosed diabetes. The overall population with diabetes is expected to rise over the next 12 years but the number of overweight or obese people without diabetes is expected to remain stable, at about 65 percent.

Over the next 25 years, annual spending on diabetes and its complications is predicted to reach $336 billion (in 2007 dollars), up from $113 billion today, with related Medicare spending to rise to $171 billion by 2034, up from $45 billion.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community.