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Akron General offers treatment for the most common endocrine diseases and disorders, which include:

Diabetes

Patients with diabetes don't produce enough insulin resulting in too much sugar in their blood, which can result in problems in the eyes, kidneys and nerves. Endocrinologists treat diabetes with diet and medications, including insulin. Patients may also be referred to Akron General's Diabetes Center for education in managing the disorder.

Diabetes Center

Thyroid

Patients with thyroid disorders often have problem with energy levels, as well as muscle strength, emotions, weight control and hot/cold tolerance. Endocrinologists treat patients with too much or too little of the thyroid hormones by helping patients reach a hormonal balance.

Osteoporosis and Bone disorders

Osteomalacia (which causes bones to soften) and osteoporosis (which causes bones to weaken) are often caused by a drop of the level of the hormones that protect bone tissue. Menopause, loss of testicle function and aging may create a risk for bone fractures.

Reproduction and Infertility

Endocrinologists diagnose and treat the precise hormone imbalance that causes infertility, and also assess and treat patients with reproductive problems based in glands. They treat patients who need hormone replacement, including those with menopause symptoms, irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and impotence.

Obesity and Overweight

Endocrinologists treat patients who are overweight or obese, often because of metabolic and hormonal problems. Thyroid, adrenal, ovarian and pituitary disorders can cause obesity. Endocrinologists also identify factors linked with obesity such as insulin resistance and genetic problems.

Pituitary gland disorders

The pituitary is often called the master gland of the body because it controls other glands, and the pituitary makes several vital hormones. Over or under production of pituitary hormones can lead to infertility, menstrual disorders, growth disorders and overproduction of cortisol (Cushing's syndrome). Endocrinologists control these conditions with medications and refer patients who need surgery.

Growth disorders

Adults with growth hormone deficiency can experience emotional and psychological distress as well as fatigue. Safe and effective growth hormone replacement therapy is available for people with abnormal growth.

Hypertension

About 11 percent of people with hypertension have too much aldosterone, a hormone produced in the adrenal glands. Approximately half of these cases are caused by growths that can be removed by surgery.

Lipid (cholesterol) disorders

Patients with lipid disorders have trouble maintaining normal levels of fat in their blood. Hypertension is common in people with lipid disorders, which can put patients at higher risk for coronary heart disease. Endocrinologists are trained to detect factors that may be related to lipid disorders, such as hypothyroidism, steroid use, or genetic or metabolic conditions. Lipid disorders can be found in several conditions that require special management, including metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity. Special diets, exercise and medications may be prescribed to manage lipid disorders.


Date Updated: 06-JAN-2005



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