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Help for endocrine disorders

Did you know that symptoms of depression may be related to a thyroid disease? The inability to gain or lose weight could be a sign of a metabolic disorder.

ACMC Endocrinologist Rahul Sharma, MD, offers a comprehensive approach to treating symptoms to get to the primary cause of the problem.

Endocrinology focuses on the glands that make up the endocrine system: thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenal, pancreas, ovaries and testes. These glands produce hormones that help control growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction. Common endocrine disorders are diabetes (type 1 or type 2); obesity, osteoporosis; thyroid disease, such as hyperthyroid or hypothyroid; over- or under-active pituitary; delayed sexual development; sexual dysfunction; and more.

"When dealing with the endocrine system, the symptoms may appear to relate to other diseases or disorders," said Dr. Sharma. "Many of the diabetes-related or metabolic illnesses we see are preventable or treatable. We can get to the primary cause of your health concern and develop a long-term treatment plan."

As part of the largest network of providers in Ashtabula County, Dr. Sharma works closely with other ACMC specialists when patients have co-occurring health issues. "We may need to refer a patient who has nerve damage, eye issues or heart issues due to diabetes, obesity or other disease," he said. "It is important to coordinate care so the patient has the information they need to make wise health choices."

Diabetes, a condition that leaves the body with a shortage of insulin or resistance to insulin—the hormone that converts sugar to energy—is one of the biggest health risks currently in Ashtabula County. Symptoms include excessive thirst, feeling run-down, tingling in the hands or feet, the inability of wounds to heal, and dizziness.

"If left untreated, diabetes can advance to where a person's organs will begin to fail, and they may begin having vision problems," Dr. Sharma said. "While diabetes cannot be cured, we develop a treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes and oral diabetes medication or, if needed, insulin injections. Nowadays with improved technology we can get patients started on continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps, which have improved the disease outcomes. Getting diabetes under control prevents various complications from diabetes."

Categories: Endocrinology

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sharma, call 440.997.6969.

440.997.6969

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