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I Have a New Bruise Every Day — Could I Have Cushing’s Syndrome? May 3rd, 2022

Bruises, also called contusions, form when an injury damages your blood vessels and makes them leak. It can happen to anyone at any age, and it typically takes a hard blow or a serious fall to generate enough pooling blood to create purple, blue, or black bruises. If you’re getting...

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Gestational Diabetes Apr 6th, 2022

Most people know that diabetes is a chronic condition that messes with your blood sugar, but it may surprise you to learn that pregnant women are susceptible to a temporary, but serious, form of the disease called gestational diabetes. At The Endocrine Center in Houston, Texas, our team of board-certified physicians understands the potential complications...

How Your Skin and Nails Tell You They’re Hungry for Calcium Mar 7th, 2022

You need calcium to keep your body strong and functional, so it’s a good thing calcium is the most abundant mineral in your system.  This mighty mineral helps your blood clot, your blood vessels contract and dilate, your nerves transmit signals, your muscles flex and relax, and your organs secrete...

Tips for Managing Type 1 Diabetes Feb 4th, 2022

Like all autoimmune diseases, Type 1 diabetes causes your body to attack itself. In this case, it targets the cells in your pancreas that normally produce insulin. Without insulin to regulate the sugar in your blood, your glucose rises to dangerous levels and puts you at risk for damage to...

How Vitamin D Affects Your Bones Jan 13th, 2022

There are several things you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy — get plenty of exercise, lift weights, eat lots of protein and calcium, and watch your weight. But it might surprise you to learn that vitamin D is also a key player. In this post, our...

Hyperthyroidism Vs. Hypothyroidism: How to Spot the Differences Dec 12th, 2021

Your thyroid hormones process proteins, fats, and carbohydrates; regulate your body temperature; maintain healthy blood pressure; and stabilize your heart rate. So if your thyroid malfunctions, it causes a chain reaction of symptoms throughout your body. About 20 million people in the United States suffer from thyroid disease, but it’s...

Does Menopause Cause Osteoporosis? Nov 14th, 2021

Menopause brings on a whole new phase of life, and it’s not all bad. You stop having to deal with monthly periods, and you don’t need to think about birth control anymore. But most women also experience a series of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal atrophy and dryness, lower...

The Link Between Klinefelter Syndrome and Low T Oct 13th, 2021

If you're a man who doesn’t have enough testosterone coursing through your veins, the effects are unmistakable: low libido, erectile dysfunction, shrinking muscles, and fatigue — to name a few. It’s a fairly common condition that’s often easily treatable, but it depends on the cause. Our team of specialists at...

Is Osteoporosis Reversible? Sep 9th, 2021

There’s no cure for osteoporosis. But there is hope. At the Endocrine Center, we believe honesty is the best and only place to start because it allows you to focus on what can be done. And when it comes to osteoporosis — a condition that robs your bones of precious...

Tips for Preventing Diabetes Aug 13th, 2021

Some chronic medical conditions are unavoidable. Things that are beyond your control, such as genetics, environmental factors, and accidents can lead to lifelong medical issues. But some conditions are preventable, including Type 2 diabetes — at least you can reduce your risk. In this post, our team of experts at...

The Many Signs of Parathyroid Disease Jul 21st, 2021

Parathyroid disease, also known as hyperparathyroidism, occurs when your parathyroid glands become overactive and begin pumping out high quantities of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Because PTH regulates the amount of calcium in your blood, an increase in the hormone equals an increase in calcium, a condition called hypercalcemia. Our experienced team...

Unusual Hair Growth and Menopause: What's the Link? Jun 23rd, 2021

Except for the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands, your body is covered with hair. There are two main types: vellus, the fine peach fuzz that you usually don’t notice, and terminal, the kind on your head, your pubic area and armpits, and your face (eyelashes,...

4 Types of Adrenal Disease May 23rd, 2021

From salivation to perspiration, your body relies on glands to carry out many vital functions. Your endocrine system contains eight main glands to keep it running smoothly: Hypothalamus Pineal body Pituitary Thyroid Thymus Pancreas Ovary or testis Adrenal These glands secrete hormones that control energy levels, metabolism, sexual function, growth...

What Causes Hypocalcemia? Apr 15th, 2021

When it comes to chemicals and nutrients, your body is very particular. It functions best when everything is balanced and in the right quantities. When your hormones are slightly out of whack, you see the signs right away. The same is true when you have too much or too little...

Signs of Low Testosterone You May Not Be Aware Of Mar 18th, 2021

Though present in both men and women, testosterone is often called the male hormone because men have a much higher percentage than women. Testosterone surges during puberty and is critical in the development of distinctly male features — a deeper voice, facial and body hair, muscle strength, and sperm. As...

5 Tips for Combating High Cholesterol Feb 17th, 2021

Having cholesterol numbers that fall outside the normal range doesn’t have any obvious symptoms, so it may have slipped your attention. But it’s worth a look because too much or too little cholesterol in your system can have some serious consequences. Here at the Endocrine Center in Houston, Texas, our...

Can I Prevent Osteoporosis? Jan 29th, 2021

Millions of Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which is a dramatic decrease in bone density. In fact, after the age of 50, one in three women and one in five men will end up with an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime.  So, the pressing question is: Can you prevent osteoporosis, or...

How We Help You Manage Your Diabetes Dec 21st, 2020

Diabetes is a widespread health problem that can lead to potentially dangerous complications. While approximately 10% of Americans have diabetes, nearly a third have prediabetes and might not even know their health is at risk.  If you have concerns about diabetes or a recent diagnosis, there is good news. In...

November is American Diabetes Month Nov 15th, 2020

From the American Diabetes Association: “November is #AmericanDiabetesMonth. It’s our chance to show the world what life with diabetes is really like. Every year, our community comes together to ring the alarm on the diabetes epidemic. For the millions of us who are at risk for it, it’s a time...

Hormone Replacement Therapy Oct 16th, 2020

What is Menopause? Menopause occurs when the ovaries steadily decline in the amount of estrogen they produce over time. This usually occurs in women in their 40s to 50s during which their menstrual periods come to an end. Menopause occurs gradually over several years and most women experience various symptoms...

Male Hypogonadism (Low T) Oct 8th, 2020

What is low T? Male hypogonadism, also known as low T (low testosterone), is a common problem in males with our modern lifestyle. When women undergo a lot of stress like sickness, weight loss, death in the family, etc., the female will stop ovulating and her period will stop suddenly...

Hypercalcemia Aug 27th, 2020

What is Hypercalcemia? Hypercalcemia is a disorder of calcium homeostasis with an excessive amount of calcium in the blood/serum. It can have many causes including some as benign as eating or drinking excessive calcium or being on too high of a supplement of calcium to more in depth reasons like...

Fatigue Aug 20th, 2020

What is fatigue? Fatigue is a nonspecific term usually used to describe various symptoms including generalized weakness, difficulty in initiating or continuing day to day activities, difficulty with concentration or memory, difficulty with emotional stability and even daytime sleepiness. Some may even be given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Symdrome....

Thyroid Nodules Aug 13th, 2020

Have you ever been diagnosed with a thyroid nodule or goiter? These are very common. A thyroid nodule is a lump in the thyroid, and the word goiter simply means the thyroid is enlarged. Most nodules don’t cause any symptoms and are found during routine examination or on scans done...

Primary Hyperparathyroidism Jul 23rd, 2020

What are the Parathyroid Glands? The parathyroid glands are four tiny glands in the neck on the underside of the thyroid gland. They produce parathyroid hormone, which is responsible for regulating blood calcium and phosphorus levels. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a condition characterized by high parathyroid hormone levels due to enlarged...

Reclast Jul 1st, 2020

Before starting today’s post, we wanted to first urge all of our existing and future patients to stay safe. Houston has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and we want all of our patients to know that we still recommend observing all possible precautions against community spread including...

Mask Shortages Mar 20th, 2020

Mask Shortage During this national health emergency for COVID-19, we are facing a mask shortage affecting all of our healthcare providers around the country. In an effort to assist our colleagues in being able to provide the high level care that the country needs, we wanted to make a short...

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update Mar 12th, 2020

An open letter to all of our Endocrine Center patients As questions and concerns arise about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we wanted to spend today sharing our policy surrounding the disease. In an attempt to protect all of our patients from community spread, we will begin phone screening patients during...

Parathyroid Mar 5th, 2020

The parathyroid: The parathyroid gland is the chief regulator of calcium and phosphorous in the body. Maintaining calcium levels in a normal range is important for bone health, muscular health and appropriate neurological function. Typically 4 in number, these small glands sit directly on top of the thyroid gland in the...

Drug Safety Communication for Belviq (lorcaserin) Feb 27th, 2020

A Message to our Patients On February 13, 2020, the FDA issued a drug safety message requesting withdrawal of Belviq (generic name lorcaserin) from the US market as a result of post-marketing studies that showed a small increased risk of cancer in patients who were taking Belviq. A small subset...

Reactive Hypoglycemia Feb 20th, 2020

Today’s blog post is an informational piece about reactive hypoglycemia from Dr. Maria Lee. Dr. Lee practices out of two of our Houston area locations. Signs and Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia Reactive hypoglycemia is a disorder in which the pancreas overreacts to ingested carbohydrates by releasing an exaggerated amount of...

Clinical Research Feb 13th, 2020

In today’s blog, I am going to talk about the research here at The Endocrine Center. We are conducting state of the art diabetes and low testosterone (low T) research studies in the Houston area. By involving our group of doctors in the research, our diabetes specialists get the chance...

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Feb 5th, 2020

Today, we are going to talk about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s Disease. What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? This is a very common problem here in Houston, Texas. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, trying to destroy it. Hashimoto’s is a common illness that endocrinologists encounter...

Diabetic Patients- A Note From Dr Amer Al-Karadsheh Jun 1st, 2019

DEAR NEW DIABETIC PATIENTS, Research shows that the vast majority of patients newly diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus type II or Prediabetes already had significant CVD “Cardiovascular disease” at the time of diagnosis. CVD is narrowing or blockage of blood vessels that supply blood flow to the heart, kidney, brain and...