At Westchester Health, we have a number of patients who come to us with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. What concerns us is that many of them aren’t sure which type they have, and/or don’t know the difference between the two. As endocrinologists, we thought we’d offer the following information about both types of diabetes so that there can be less confusion and more understanding about this chronic but manageable disease.
From time to time at Westchester Health, patients come to us having been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a rare endocrine disorder caused by abnormally excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol. It can also be caused by excessive growth of the pituitary gland, known as hyperplasia. Cushing’s disease mostly affects women, but men and even children can also develop it.
If you’re the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, you know how challenging this disease can be, from giving injections to counting carbohydrates to monitoring blood sugar. At Westchester Health, we have many patients with this condition and are very experienced at helping our parents and young patients (when old enough) adequately manage it. To learn more, read this blog (excerpted version) by Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Here at Westchester Health, we often get questions from our patients wanting to know the difference between metabolic syndrome, metabolic disorder and metabolic diseases. Since there seems to be some confusion, we thought we’d offer this blog as a way to clarify these conditions that, if left untreated, pose serious risks to your health, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or lifestyle. It can cause serious health problems, including heart attack or stroke, blindness, problems during pregnancy and kidney failure. Diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers. However, diabetes affects women differently than men. More than 13 million women have diabetes, or about one in 10 women aged 20 and older. Women with diabetes have a higher risk for heart disease, a higher risk of blindness and a higher risk for depression.
Many parents in our practice have a child with type 1 diabetes and they’ve told us that although this chronic disease sometimes seems overwhelming, they’ve been able to manage it by following a structured, regular treatment plan.
Hopefully, all children develop “normally” but sometimes, either due to nutrition deficits or genetics, certain children develop growth disorders. The good news: Today there are excellent treatments and therapies to help reverse many growth disorders, such as short stature. Also, in many cases, growth disorders are temporary and a child eventually “catches up” to the heights of family members.