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Augusta Health Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinic
Augusta Health's endocrinology specialists help people manage one of the most critical components of overall health, hormonal balance. Our board-certified physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with disruptions in levels of insulin, thyroid, growth hormone, estrogen, and other hormones that can lead to diabetes, metabolic disorders, and reproductive conditions.
Nationwide and locally, diabetes continues to be an epidemic health concern. With more than 21 million1 people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, endocrinologists at Augusta Health provide an essential link to prevention and care. Patients are typically seen by referral from a primary care physician, but special circumstances can be accommodated, and specialists also treat patients if they are admitted to the hospital with an endocrine disorder.
Our diabetes and endocrinology practice has earned multiple patient satisfaction awards and is conveniently located in the Medical Office Building on the hospital's main campus. The office is in close proximity to other services that patients might need, such as thyroid surgeons in the Medical Office Building and diabetes educators in the nearby Heart and Vascular Center.
Along with other specialty practices at Augusta Health, endocrinology is working to incorporate an integrated Electronic Health Records system that will improve patient care by increasing communication among physicians and providing the ability to quickly run medical reports.
1. Diabetes Report Card 2012, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. ↩
Services and Tests
Our endocrine specialists are educated and trained to treat patients with many conditions, such as:
- diabetes, including gestational diabetes
- hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
- thyroid nodule
- conditions related to estrogen and testosterone function, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause, and hypogonadism
- lipid disorders
Specialists will review your medical data, including X-rays, and laboratory reports such as blood work and pathology data.
Common Tests and Procedures
- blood analysis to determine hormone levels
- glucose test — physicians are able to download readings from many glucose meters and make recommendations based on the report
- A1C blood test to gauge how well diabetes is being managed
- thyroid ultrasound to evaluate thyroid nodules and goiters
- fine needle aspiration (for thyroid nodules)
- DEXA scan to determine bone density
- Long-term management plan: including routine hormone testing, medication adjustment, insulin pump management, diet modification, and education
- Office procedure: to insert under the skin a sensor that is part of a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system
- Medications: help manage insulin or osteoporosis therapy; adjust thyroid hormone levels; follow thyroid, adrenal or pituitary nodule growth; or provide hormone therapy for both men and women.