Why Family Doctors Refer Patients to an Endocrinologist

Many Diabetics, Thyroid Patients and Others with Endocrine-Based Diseases and Conditions Don’t Really Know Their Disease or Treatment Options

It is surprising in today’s world of advanced medicine that so many patients with diabetes, thyroid disease and other endocrine disorders don’t understand their disease or their treatment.  While a family physician or OB/GYN is knowledgeable and capable of managing these conditions, patients can better benefit from more specialized attention beyond that offered from a comprehensive, routine exam.  Many of these conditions are life long and require a more focused approach that incorporates the ever-changing world of medicine and treatment options.  Thus, while primary care providers are highly trained in all areas of medicine, many refer patients to endocrinologists.

Many disorders associated with the endocrine system involve other systems in your body. In addition to diabetes and thyroid problems, endocrinologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions such as metabolic disorders, hypertension, osteoporosis and the over or underproduction of hormones.  Having a more in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology and treatment modalities, endocrinologists can optimize patient outcomes, as they are well versed in the most recent clinical data and medication options.  A treatment schedule and regular follow-ups are necessary to efficiently monitor blood work, physical changes, the effects of the medications and evaluate the risks for potential adverse side effects.  Additionally, an endocrinologist is able to offer lifestyle recommendations which result in a more balanced and enhanced quality of life.

By seeing an endocrinologist, patients may avoid spending thousands of dollars in doctor visits and hospitalizations.  There is no doubt, that if mismanaged or left untreated, endocrine disorders can cause many problems such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, weight changes and generalized aches and pains.  There is no reason that anyone should suffer from these or any other problems associated with the endocrine system.

If you are ready to take charge of your health and life, you owe it to yourself to ask your family doctor about an endocrinology referral.

Dr. Wayne Woo, of the Diabetes and Endocrine Institute, is a board certified endocrinologist, a certified clinical densitometrist, a certified diabetes educator, a thyroid sonographer and is wound care certified.  In addition to being a nationally recognized ADA provider, Dr. Woo is being presented with an award as one of the top three diabetic educators in the United States for 2010 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  He has devoted his life to helping patients overcome the challenges of diabetes and endocrine disorders.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Woo, please contact the Diabetes and Endocrine Institute
at (601) 932-1223. You can also visit the website at www.diabetesandendocrineinstitute.org or by
going to www.drwoo.org.