Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT IS ENDOCRINOLOGY?
A: Endocrinology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. The practice of Endocrinology includes many things, such as the treatment of cholesterol, thyroid, diabetes, pituitary, and other hormonal disorders.
Q: Who Is An Endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is an internist who specializes in diseases that affect the hormone secreting glands, which include the insulin secreting portion of the pancreas, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary glands and the glands which produce sex hormones.
Q: What do I do in an emergency?
In a life threatening situation you should always go to the nearest hospital emergency room. In other situations you should first call your family physician, who will be able to best advise you what to do. If necessary, your primary care physician can contact us, 24 hours a day, by calling our office at 502-245-8988.
If you have an acute medical problem that you believe is directly related to the condition for which we are treating you, call for an appointment. If the office is closed and your problem is such that it cannot wait until the next business day, our automated service will direct your call to the on-call physician and he/she will call you back.
Q: Why is "HbA1c" important?
An HbA1c is a blood test used to determine a person's average blood sugar over the previous 2-3 months. It gives a good indication of overall blood sugar control. The American Diabetes Association recommends HbA1c testing be done at least twice a year in patients who are meeting treatment goals and more frequently (quarterly) in patients whose therapy has changed or who are not reaching treatment goals.
Q: What are the ABC’s of diabetes?
A is HbA1c goal is less than 6.5
B is Blood Pressure less than 130/80
C is LDL cholesterol less than 100
Attaining these goals will help reduce or prevent complications of diabetes like eye, kidney and limb problems.