What We Treat
Dr. Sean Ellison and his endocrinology staff diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems and help restore the normal balance of hormones in your system. They manage many conditions, including:
- thyroid diseases
- metabolic disorders
- over or underproduction of hormones
- cholesterol (lipid) disorders
- growth disorders
- cancers of the endocrine glands
Overview of Common Disorders
For more information about these and other disorders of the endocrine system, visit www.webmd.com.
Diabetes – While there are many different types of endocrine disorders, both common and rare, diabetes is the most common disease of the endocrine system in the United States. LeBauer physicians can help you manage your diabetes and regulate your blood sugar in the best way, whether through medication (when necessary), dietary counseling and appropriate levels of physical activity.
Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal gland releases too little of the hormones cortisol and sometimes aldosterone. The deficiency can be hard to diagnose because symptoms often include fatigue, upset stomach, and dehydration – symptoms common to diabetes and some digestive diseases – as well as changes in the skin. Addison’s disease is a type of adrenal insufficiency.
Growth hormone problems have been associated with the pituitary gland, a gland found in the brain. If the pituitary produces too much of a growth hormone, a child’s bones and body parts may grow abnormally fast. Low growth hormone levels can lead to a premature arrest of the growth process. Gigantism and dwarfism, the two extremes of the spectrum, result from these inequities.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces too much thyroid hormone, creating a serious metabolic imbalance and throwing off the regular rhythms and functions of the body. Symptoms include abnormal weight loss, rapid heart rate, sweating and nervousness.
Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism and occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms include fatigue, constipation, dry skin, and depression. Just like hyperthyroidism, this is a serious metabolic disorder and can be particularly destructive in children where an underactive gland can slow development.
Hypopituitarism occurs when the pituitary gland, located in the brain, releases little or no hormones. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, decreased appetite, fatigue, headache, infertility, low blood pressure and more.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) results in women when the overproduction of androgens interferes with the development of eggs and their release from the ovaries. PCOS is a leading cause of infertility but can be treated with medication and lifestyle management.
In addition to treating endocrine problems, our physicians and staff can treat multiple medical problems and provide routine healthcare needs, such as physical exams and immunizations.