Ways Seeing a Diabetes Doctor in Overland Park KS Regularly Will Make You Healthier
The diabetes doctor (also referred to as an endocrinologist) at LifeWorks Integrative Health are all board-certified physicians who have trained in respected internal medicine residency programs from around the country. Following three years of residency training, they have completed an additional fellowship specializing in the study of hormonal medicine, known as endocrinology. Led by our diabetes doctors, our team has broad-reaching capabilities in both primary care settings and acute management to ensure your health now and for years to come. Here are some examples of the ways our team can help you:
1) Diabetes Management
Diabetes is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States and affects approximately 26 million Americans, 7 million of which remain undiagnosed. Estimated medical expense for diabetes and related sequelae are in the range of an astronomical $250 billion in direct and indirect costs. However, proper prevention and intervention when necessary is our mantra at LifeWorks Integrative Health and we have achieved fantastic results in our patient population with our unique approach to diabetes care. Here are some options we offer at LifeWorks Integrative Health.
– Regular blood and urine tests to assess for glucose control
– Referrals to check for negative sequelae of diabetes (eye exams, kidney function tests, etc.)
– Nutritional counseling
– Evidence-based diabetes medications, including the newest and most effective additions to the diabetes medicine formulary
– Insulin of all types and rates of action, to ensure you are being treated in the way that is right for your individual body
By treating this disease with a holistic approach, we have been able to advance the standard of care for diabetes.
2) Osteoporosis and bone health
Osteoporosis is one of the most common ailments treated by an endocrinologist. What many people don’t realize is that bone is not a static part of the body; that is, there is constantly bone cells being destroyed and created, in a process called bone turnover. Hormones and the availability of different minerals in the body determine this balance through a complex series of interactions. When they go awry, it takes a specialist like those at LifeWorks Integrative Health to correctly diagnose and treat the problem.
In addition to osteoporosis, there is a range of other treatable problems that can cause the deterioration of bone. In an appointment with one of our endocrinologist, we will take a thorough history, run a battery of tests, and create a comprehensive care plan. In doing this, you will help your bones remain strong and healthy before you sustain a life-altering fracture or other negative outcome that can result from poor bone health.
3) Low Testosterone
When most people think of hormones, they think of the sex hormones that are responsible for the development of primary and secondary sexual characteristics in men and women. As men age, there can be a pathologic decline in the level of testosterone, the male sex hormone. This can manifest in many ways that negatively impact one’s quality of life, such as the following:
– Low libido/loss of sex drive
– Erectile dysfunction
– Loss of muscle tone
– Increased body fat
– Decreased bone mass
If these symptoms apply to you and you are concerned that you may have lower levels of testosterone than normal, a simple phone call and appointment at LifeWorks Integrative Health has the potential to change your life.
While an endocrinologist can help treat medical illnesses involving an abnormal imbalance of hormones, there are physiologically normal phenomena that a hormone specialist can help manage. One of these that occurs naturally in women, usually around their mid-50s, is menopause. The symptoms of menopause include:
– Hot flashes
– Amenorrhea (the irregularity or complete loss of periods)
– Night sweats
– Vaginal dryness
– Dry skin
– Thinning hair
– Loss of breast mass
There are several options available to treat many of these symptoms, and often the underlying cause behind them as well. Often, treating the hormonal imbalances of menopause can have additional positive effects such as improved bone health and libido. However, only after a complete evaluation by an endocrinologist, who will assess your potential benefits and risks of any possible intervention, should you pursue treatment.
It is often said in the medical field that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Whether you currently suffer from disease related to hormonal imbalance, or feel that you may be at risk in the future, call LifeWorks Integrative Health today to make an appointment with a diabetes doctor in Overland Park KS patients trust and let’s take control of your health together.