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Endocrine System Disorders

Washington DC Endocrinology

Endocrine disorders may involve production of too much or not enough of a specific hormone. For example, in hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland releases too much thyroid hormone. In patients with type 1 diabetes, pancreatic beta cells have been damaged and do not produce any insulin.

Hormones act on most cells and tissues throughout the body. Therefore, patients with endocrine disorders have many different symptoms and clinical problems. A man with hyperthyroidism may experience a rapid heart rate; a woman with a prolactin-secreting pituitary tumor may experience a halt in her menstrual periods or notice a breast discharge.

Our endocrinologists are skilled at recognizing the many different effects of hormones and at associating a patient’s symptoms with a specific hormone abnormality. Because endocrine dysfunction can have widespread effects, endocrine disorders are oftentimes best treated by a multi-specialty team.

Our endocrinologists work with:

  • Cardiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Podiatrists
  • Kidney doctors
  • Many others in our multispecialty professionals

The endocrinology team encourages full patient participation in treatment decisions. We believe that clinical management should make sense to our patients and meet their individual needs and priorities.

Overview of the Endocrine System

Hormones are small molecules that are released into the bloodstream by the glands of the endocrine system. Hormones include cortisol, thyroid hormones, insulin, testosterone, estrogen and many others. They act as messengers, delivering signals and commands that help to control growth and development, reproductive functions, metabolism, responses to stress, and electrolyte and fluid balance.

Clinical Trials

  • Role of Linagliptin in improving renal failure by improving CD34+ stem cell number, function and gene expression in renal function impaired type 2 diabetes patients.
    We are looking to see if Tradjenta, an FDA Approved Type 2 Diabetes medication, can help improve kidney function and cardiovascular health. We are looking for patients aged 40-70 years with Type 2 Diabetes who are taking Metformin, Insulin, or BOTH Insulin and Metformin. Your HbA1C should be between 6.5 – 10 %.
  • Role of Canagliflozin on gene expression and function of CD34+ endothelial progenitor cells in patients with type 2 diabetes and mild chronic kidney disease (Stages 1-2, CKD)
    We are looking to see if Invokana, an FDA Approved Type 2 Diabetes medication, can help improve kidney function and cardiovascular health. We are looking for patients aged 40-70 years with Type 2 Diabetes who are taking Metformin (1000-2000mg). Your HbA1C should be between 7 – 10 %.