Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
The endocrine system is a complex collection of hormone-producing glands that control basic body functions such as metabolism, growth and energy. The amount of hormone produced by each gland is precisely balanced: too much or too little of a hormone can create serious effects throughout the body.
Successfully diagnosing and treating the resulting endocrine conditions is what our board-certified physicians specialize in. Our experienced endocrinologists use today’s most successful therapies to treat a wide variety of disorders affecting the thyroid, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, pancreas, lipid disorders, growth hormone assessments, and bones (including osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiencies).
Our participation in promising new research helps ensure we bring the latest evidence-based medicine to the care of each patient. Through our active involvement in clinical trials, we are able to offer patients the latest improvements in medications and therapies.
Our comprehensive approach includes several innovative programs designed to improve the health and quality of life of our patients:
- Medical Weight Loss Program: designed and supervised by our endocrinologists to help patients lose anywhere from 10 to 100 pounds, Healthy Concepts is creating dramatic health benefits for hundreds of patients
- Comprehensive diabetes education: our certified diabetes educators and registered nutritionists offer a four-week small group class to help you effectively manage your diabetes
- Insulin pump therapy: using an insulin pump requires more work, but results in better diabetes control and more freedom. A highly trained nurse practitioner—certified in insulin infusion—offers education and support to help patients choosing insulin pump therapy succeed
And because St. Jude Heritage Medical Group includes virtually every specialty, whatever additional care or services you might need—from cardiology and gastroenterology to surgery— you’ll find the necessary expertise right here.
Conditions and Treatments
Our clinical excellence begins with an accurate diagnosis, often using today’s most effective techniques including: fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid providing pinpoint accuracy and successful diagnosis (under ultrasound guidance); imaging studies (including state-of-the-art CT and MRI technology); hormone testing and hormone stimulation tests; and bone densitometry.
We specialize in successfully treating and managing a wide range of conditions, including:
- Adrenal disorders
- Calcium and vitamin D disorders
- Diabetes (type 1 & 2)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Endocrine evaluation and treatment of menopause and perimenopause
- Hormonal imbalances
- Lipid disorders
- Obesity and weight disorders
- Osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases
- Parathyroid disease
- Pediatric growth evaluation and treatment
- Pituitary disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid conditions (including overactive and underactive thyroid disorders)
Medically Supervised Weight Loss
We’re pleased to offer a highly effective weight loss program designed to help you lose anywhere from 10 to over 100 pounds. Called Healthy Concepts, this state-of-the-art weight loss system offers a choice of diet options as well as every element needed for success: nutritionally balanced meals, vitamin supplements, coaching, education and if needed, medical supervision by our board-certified metabolic experts. Through St. Jude Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness, the program also offers individualized physical activity and exercise programs.
Proven to create substantially greater weight loss than standard diets, Healthy Concepts uses nutritionally complete weight loss foods, including shakes, soups, nutrition bars and entrees. Unlike many diets, feeling hungry is not part of the program: instead, you eat the equivalent of five or more great-tasting meals a day.
Our program offers one-on-one education and mentoring to help you develop new lifestyle skills and healthier behaviors. Weekly classes and frequent monitoring offer support and encouragement.
The impact of Healthy Concepts on your health and well-being can be dramatic. For example, diabetic patients are able to reduce their insulin needs by an average of 50 percent after just a few weeks. Similarly, many patients with hypertension no longer need blood pressure medications. Other improvements include reducing cholesterol levels, decreasing joint pain and body aches, and increased energy. Find out more.
Our comprehensive and highly effective education program is successfully helping those with diabetes prevent or reduce complications as well as enjoy a more independent and higher quality of life. One of the county’s only programs to be certified by the American Diabetes Association, our four-week class offers critical information on dozens of topics: from how to adjust your insulin based on your blood glucose levels, to the importance of nutrition, whether cooking at home or eating out. Taught by Certified Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitians, this class will give you the tools and information to successfully manage your condition.
For more information, call (714) 446-5677.
Our active involvement in promising clinical trials ensures we can offer patients improvements in medications and therapies without delay. Clinical trials provide the opportunity to try new treatments and receive ongoing monitoring and support.
To learn more about clinical trials, including what trials are currently open and the required criteria, click here. If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, begin by talking to your doctor.
Serhat Aytug, M.D
Jeffrey Bodwin, M.D.
John M. Gilbert, M.D.
Steven E. Saltman, M.D.