Endocrinology is the study of hormones and while many of us think hormones are only associated with the teenage and menopause years, the endocrine glands play a pivotal role in all matters of metabolism and reproduction.
Hormones travel in the blood and controls many important body functions. For example, insulin is a hormone that moves food energy from the blood into muscle, fat, and liver cells. When the body does not produce enough insulin, the result is diabetes.
At Durham Regional Hospital, our main endocrine focus is diabetes, a lifelong condition in which the body doesn’t properly control the amount of sugar in the blood. The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood sugar level of less than 140 for most persons. We strive to help you reach your target blood sugar while in and out of the hospital.
Other endocrine diseases include those related to the thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal, and gonadal glands, as well as bone metabolism.
Our inpatient endocrine and diabetes service addresses the needs of people with diabetes and other endocrinological conditions through consultations, patient education, and help with self-management. We also offer a direct referral service for outpatient endocrinology.
If you would like to be seen the endocrine services while you are in the hospital, ask your admitting physician if an endocrine/diabetes consultation would be appropriate.
Our outpatient nutrition and diabetes education center provides extensive programming for patients with diabetes to learn to manage their disease and live longer, healthier lives. Educational programs are also available for those at risk for developing diabetes and for women with gestational diabetes.
For more information about endocrinology services available at Durham Regional Hospital, or to make an appointment, call 919-403-4DRH (919-403-4374).
Physicians offering this service include: