If you have an endocrine disorder, it means your body is producing either too many hormones, or too few. Getting your body back in balance is key to your long-term health and wellness.
At Central Maine Healthcare, our board-certified endocrinologists provide specialized care for conditions, including all forms of diabetes. We combine the latest tests and treatment options, with the education and day-to-day skills you need to take total control of your health.
- Prediabetes: If you have prediabetes, it means your blood sugar is higher than normal but hasn’t yet developed into type 2 diabetes. Central Maine Healthcare offers preventive services to stop or delay the disease and get you on track to a healthy future.
- Type 1 and 2 Diabetes: Diabetes is all about the hormone insulin—either your pancreas stops making it (type 1), or your body doesn’t make enough or can’t use it efficiently (type2). We need insulin to process sugar for energy, so patients with diabetes need to balance theirs (sometimes by injecting the hormone) and start healthy eating and exercise. Our experts at Central Maine can help make that happen.
- Gestational Diabetes: When you’re pregnant, your placenta produces new hormones. Some of those hormones make it harder for your insulin to do its job and you can develop high blood sugar, leading to gestational diabetes. We treat the condition to keep both mom and baby healthy.
- Adrenal Disorders: Your adrenal glands produce important hormones, including sex hormones and cortisol, which you need to manage stress. When adrenal glands don’t function properly, you can produce too many (or not enough) of those vital hormones, which can cause serious problems. We treat adrenal disorders quickly, with surgery, medications or hormone replacement.
- Pituitary Disorders: Your pituitary gland is tiny, but it has a big task: making hormones that affect the way other glands function. Tumors of the pituitary are seen frequently (and usually are benign), or the pituitary might malfunction because of an injury, medications or hormone imbalances in other glands. Our specialists can help you identify the problem and find the best treatment, which may include hormone replacement.
- Thyroid Disorders: Underactive thyroid (hypo) or overactive (hyper) disorders are common, especially in women, and usually can be corrected with medication. Thyroid nodules sometimes form; if they are malignant or large enough to interfere with swallowing, your endocrinologist may recommend surgery.