Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology is a comprehensive center for treatment of all endocrine disorders. The focus of the practice is twofold. Treatment of diabetes is the most common reason patients are referred to Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology. Diabetes educators and dietitians who offer group and one-on-one nutritional consultations are also available through the Saint Francis Diabetes Education and Management Center. Meal scheduling, carbohydrate counting and insulin administration are just a few of the topics our diabetes experts are here to provide information about. The practice also features comprehensive insulin pump education and management.
We will also treat other endocrine diseases, such as common thyroid disorders. The practice is fully serviced with ultrasound diagnostics to diagnose these types of disorders.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body needs help turning food into energy. People with diabetes are unable to produce or use insulin, which helps cells process glucose in the body. Without adequate and efficient insulin, those sugars remain in the bloodstream, raising blood-sugar levels and leaving the body without the energy it needs.
There are two types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin and insulin must be used to regulate blood-sugar levels. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but is unable to use it efficiently (i.e., insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is more common, and its management is different from type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes management may or may not include insulin.
Both types of diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, exercise and medication. Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes affecting pregnant women.
What Is an Endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a medical specialist trained to diagnose and treat diseases affecting the glands, hormones and metabolism, including conditions that are often complex and involve many body systems. The endocrinologist's goal is to restore the normal hormonal balance in your body.
Who Sees an Endocrinologist?
Primary care physicians refer patients to an endocrinologist for many conditions, including:
- Thyroid diseases
- Secondary hypertension
- Cholesterol and other lipid disorders
- Growth abnormalities in adults
- And more
Meet the Physicians
Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, ECNU
Phenu Zachariah, DO