Endocrinology and metabolism is a subspecialty of internal medicine. It has been traditionally defined as the branch of medicine that deals with hormone-producing organs. The illnesses that fall into the realm of the endocrinologist are diverse.
The most common illness, estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, is diabetes mellitus. Management of the diabetic by the physician, nurse educator, and dietitian is currently the best approach to adequately treat patients who suffer from this illness.
Thyroid disease is another common endocrinologic disorder. Over-and under-production of thyroid hormone, goiters, and thyroid cancer are illnesses evaluated and treated by the endocrinologist.
A third common metabolic abnormality studied and treated by the endocrinologist is hyperlipidemia. Management of cholesterol and other lipid abnormalities involves dietary education and often medications.
Other illnesses that fall into the category of endocrinology and metabolism are less common. These include adrenal gland dysfunction, pituitary gland disorders, growth and development abnormalities, and metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis and Paget’s disease.
Locations & Hours
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
1000 North 15th Street
Humboldt, IA 50548
HoursPlease contact the Endocrinology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this telehealth outreach clinic.
- Thyroid biopsies
- Thyroid ultrasounds
Disease & Disorders Treated:
- Adrenal gland dysfunction
- Diabetes mellitus
- Paget’s disease
- Pituitary gland disorders
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid disease
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment?
Endocrinology is an appointment by referral only department. Your primary care provider will help you decide if an Endocrine referral is appropriate.
How do I start the process of getting an insulin pump?
You must work with a Diabetic Educator to get the process started. You must show dedication to testing and getting your diabetes under control before you would be considered a candidate.
Can I get samples of my medications?
We often have samples that we are happy to distribute to our patients. We ask that you contact our office a minimum of 24 hours prior to picking up the samples.
How do I know if I have diabetes?
Many times diabetes is discovered during a routine doctors exam and physical. Common symptoms might be extreme thirst and frequent urination. Type 1 Diabeteis most often involves a childhood or early adulthood onset, has a more acute onset, with the patient presenting to the ER or doctors office being very ill.
How do I get my medications refilled?
Please contact your pharmacy. They will then contact our office for the appropriate medications. Please allow 48 hours for refills.