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Diabetes & Endocrinology

Experienced Salinas Endocrinologists

Every year, just under 2 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. Though diabetes is a very manageable disease, it can be difficult to adjust to the lifestyle changes that come with it. Salinas Valley Health houses a large diabetes and endocrinology department, equipped with state-of-the-art technology for treating matters related to the pancreas, thyroid, adrenal glands and many other organs involved in the production and regulation of hormones.

Whether you are at risk of developing diabetes, are a longtime patient with diabetes, or need various metabolic treatments, our facility is ready to handle your needs.

Our endocrinology services include:

  • Diabetes care
  • Diabetes education: basics of diabetes, types of diabetes, food choices
  • Pituitary and adrenal disorder treatment
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment
  • Gonadal disorder treatment for males and females
  • Treatment for osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease
  • Treatment for thyroid gland abnormalities

When to See an Endocrinologist

The endocrine system regulates your body’s hormones. A disorder affecting this area can greatly impact both your mental and physical health. Endocrinologists study the endocrine glands and create treatments to get the body’s hormones back under control. Your primary care physician will likely recommended you see an endocrinologist when they diagnose a hormone disorder.

Common causes of endocrine disorders:

  • Long-term damage from disease
  • Genetic disposition (inherited disorder from parent)
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Tumor developing on an endocrine gland

Sometimes an endocrine disorder is a random occurrence. For unknown reasons, a gland may start to overproduce or stop producing hormones with no warning. An example of this is Type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas suddenly stops creating insulin for seemingly no reason.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes happens when your pancreas stops making insulin. Click here for more information about Type 1 diabetes symptoms, tests and home treatment.

Type 2 Diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes happens when your body can’t use insulin the right way. Over time, the pancreas can’t make enough insulin. Click here for more information about Type 2 diabetes symptoms, tests and home treatment.

Hormonal Imbalances:

Normal hormone levels are important to your well-being. Hormones control the activity of different cells and organs in your body. Some hormones regulate the way your body uses energy. Problems can happen when your hormone levels are out of balance, as occurs with hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome. Click here for more information about hormones.