WHAT DISEASES DO ENDOCRINOLOGISTS TREAT?
Endocrinologists treat diseases affecting the metabolism of the human body. These include conditions disrupting the normal function of the thyroid, parathyroids, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamus, ovaries, testes, and the endocrine pancreas, as well as diseases that change the way the body regulates its internal environment. Each of these glands or organs secretes hormones that have effects on the way the body appears, acts, and maintains itself. Endocrine diseases are due to hormonal over- or under-function or tumors.
The UNC Endocrine Clinic and Diabetes Care Center are a UNC Hospitals clinic based at 5316 Highgate Drive in Durham. Patients are often referred for treatment and evaluation of diabetes and prediabetes, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland), and thyroid cancer. Endocrinologists do not just treat diabetes and thyroid conditions, however. Diseases of the pituitary, such as acromegaly (excessive production of growth hormone), Cushings Syndrome (excess cortisol), or tumors; hypothalamic disease such as diabetes insipidus or excess prolactin, various disruptions of gonadal hormones (e.g. excess hair in women, breast development in men, arrested puberty, polycystic ovary syndrome, amenorrhea), bone disease (such as osteoporosis, rickets and hyperparathyroidism), diseases of the adrenal glands are all diseases that fall under the care of an endocrinologist.
We also have a large clinical trial research program. For more information www.uncdiabetes.org
The Diabetes Care Center and Endocrinology Clinics at UNC are subspecialty clinics. That means that our doctors and staff of Endocrinology are not set up to act as primary care doctors for their patients. It also means that in general, we prefer to see patients referred by other physicians. If you do not have a primary care provider, we can help you find one. Endocrine appointments are held at the Highgate Specialty Center in Durham.
For follow up appointments, inquiries about appointment times, to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please call the Endocrine Clinic scheduling line at (919) 484 1015.
The UNC Endocrine Clinic and Diabetes Care Center are located at 5316 Highgate Drive, Suite 125, Durham, NC 27713. Free drive-up parking is available in front of the building.
Driving directions and map are available Here.