Comprehensive Endocrinology and Diabetes Care
Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones. An endocrinologist deals with diseases that are caused by problems with hormones and their related glands.
The endocrine system is a series of glands which produce and secrete hormones that the body uses to help regulate a wide range of functions, including:
- Sensory perception
- Sexual development
- Body temperature
- Glucose levels
Over 30 million Americans – nearly 10 percent of the population – have some form of diabetes, the most common endocrine disease in the United States. The overwhelming majority (95 percent) are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or eventually can’t make enough insulin to properly regulate blood glucose levels.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and kills the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, which means the body is no longer able to make insulin at all.
While type 2 diabetes may be hereditary, it is often a result of obesity, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle. Some people with type 2 diabetes are able to control their blood glucose levels by losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
Another type of diabetes, gestational diabetes, may occur during pregnancy.
Wooster Community Hospital’s Nutrition & Diabetes Services Department offers nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, and diabetes self-management education. Our nurse and dietitians provide support and guidance for a wide variety of nutritional needs. Learn more about nutrition and diabetes.
At WCH, we treat all types of diabetes as well as other endocrine disorders. Our provider at Wooster Endocrinology specializes in:
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Diabetic renal disease
- Diabetic neuropathy and foot problems
- Thyroid problems
- Adrenal disease
- Metabolic bone disease
Wooster Endocrinology, part of Wooster Community Hospital Health System, is located on the first floor of the hospital in suite 1B, near the central elevators. To schedule an appointment, contact Wooster Endocrinology at (330) 263-8470.