As a preferred endocrinologist in Philadelphia, we treat a wide variety of patients and ailments – but probably the most common condition we treat is diabetes. Diabetes is, at its heart, an endocrine problem and the term “diabetes” refers to a group a diseases that result in too much glucose or sugar being in the blood. The Pancreas, an endocrine organ, helps to maintain the body’s glucose balance.
So, it’s extremely common for patients to come to us when they are having trouble managing their diabetes, or when traditional treatments are not keeping diabetes under control. Because of our specific training into hormonal disorders, we can often offer care alternatives or new approaches to treatment!
There are many reasons a patient may come to us, or be referred. Here are a few.
Five Reasons You May Need an Endocrinologist to Manage Your Diabetes
- Your GP is not a specialist.
A general practitioner, by their nature, knows a little bit about a lot of different diseases. However, they may not have the depth of training and knowledge necessary to deal with particularly difficult cases of diabetes. In this case, the responsible thing is to refer the patient to a specialist in their condition who can provide better care.
- Improved education.
Many of the patients referred to us are Type 1 Diabetes patients who only recently learned of their condition. Because Type 1 requires daily management and vigilance, an endocrinologist is often the best option for educating them on how to properly manage their condition. Similarly, Type 2 Diabetes is growing rapidly in the US and we are experts at helping patients to manage this condition as well.
- When an insulin pump is needed.
Not all people with diabetes require an insulin pump, but when they do, an endocrinologist will be overseeing it. Insulin pumps require very precise tuning to meet the needs of the patient’s body, which means you need a specialist.
- Diabetes complications.
Improperly managed diabetes can easily lead to complications in other areas of the body, such as damage to the kidney, brain, or eyes. An endocrinologist will almost always be called in to consult on these cases, as hormonal imbalances are a key factor.
- Loss of diabetes control due to life changes.
Major life changes – such as moving, changing jobs, or marriage\divorce – can be hard for diabetics, causing blood glucose levels to go awry. This can even happen when a diabetic is challenged with other illnesses. Endocrinologists can help a patient through these situations and regain control of their diabetes.
If you are diabetic and need any kind of help, Freeman Endocrinology is here for you. Contact us here.