Feeling bloated, irritable, tried or just not yourself? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a combination of factors such as your diet, medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment. At the office of The DOCS, our team of skilled professionals will carefully listen to your concerns, perform the necessary screening tests to determine a diagnosis and best treatment options.
Hormones are the body’s “chemical messengers,” produced by the major glands of the endocrine system, and travel through your bloodstream to tissues or organs. Hormones affect critical body processes including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction and even your mood.
Endocrine disorders develop as a result of hormone levels being too high or too low, or if your body does not respond to hormones the way it is supposed to. Some common disorders include:
Different endocrine disorders will result in different symptoms, so typically a diagnosis will begin with a thorough assessment and screenings. Urine and blood tests, as well as imaging technology and other tools, may be used to measure hormone levels and check the health and function of the endocrine glands.
There are a wide range of treatment options for endocrine disorders including hormone therapy to correct the imbalance and reduce symptoms. In some cases, such as tumors on an endocrine gland, surgery and/or radiation therapy may be necessary.
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At the office of The DOCS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Diabetes
August 19, 2020
During the course of your busy life, there may come a time when you notice behaviors in your child that make you stop and take notice. He may be drinking a lot of water. He may be peeing frequently. He may often complain he’s tired. You may chalk it all up to being normal, but in fact these may be possible signs of something more serious: juvenile diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes, more commonly known as type 1 diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce enough of a hormone, called insulin that allows cells to absorb and use glucose. At the office of The DOCS, our skilled practitioners will effectively treat your child, and provide education and counseling on how best to manage the condition in order to live a long, healthy life.
While a person can prevent type 2 by avoiding a sugar-rich diet and inactive lifestyle, preventing type 1 is not possible. The immune system attacks clusters of cells in the pancreas that would normally produce insulin, called islets, stopping or slowing insulin production. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells and remains in the bloodstream.
Symptoms in children usually develop quickly, over the course of weeks, and can include:
The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children can be overwhelming at first as you and/or your child learn to administer injections, count carbs and monitor blood sugar. The condition requires consistent care, but advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have improved everyday living with the condition.
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At the office of The DOCS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Diabetes
July 22, 2020
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