What is endocrinology?
The endocrine system is a system of glands, each of which releases a type of hormone into the blood circulation to help control and regulate the functions of various organs of the body.
What is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a specialist who has thoroughly studied hormonal conditions and knows the best possible treatments, even when conventional treatments do not work well. Unlike a family doctor or general practitioner, an endocrinologist studies hormones and hormonal diseases in depth, enabling them to provide the best possible treatment in this area.
What conditions does an endocrinologist treat?
An endocrinologist treats diseases related to the glands that make up the endocrine system, including the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.
Who are the endocrinologists at LeBauer Healthcare?
Drs. Kumar, Ellison, Gherghe, Shamleffer, the LeBauer endocrinology staff have the experience and expertise to treat complex endocrine conditions that involve many systems in your body.
We have an on-site certified diabetes educator who can help us manage the complexities of diabetes, including using state-of-the-art technology such as continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps. We also have access to nutritional education through the nutrition and diabetes management center of Cone Health, including a registered dietitian who is available part-time in our office.
Most disorders of the endocrine system – such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and metabolic syndrome – are chronic diseases that require long-term, or even lifelong, care. Because of this, LeBauer endocrinology staff members are attuned to the whole health of their patients and work hard to understand the personal and social issues that affect the body’s balances and functions. We care for the person as well as the disease because we believe the doctor/patient relationship can be a critical part of the therapeutic process.
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