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Endocrinology

The wide range of endocrine disorders — including diabetes, as well as pancreatic, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal conditions — is extraordinarily complex, with a dramatic impact on overall health. The latest government statistics indicate that conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity, resulting from an imbalance in the endocrine system, present significant public health problems.

  • The rate of childhood obesity in the US has more than tripled in the past 30 years, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background and socioeconomic status;among the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents, 25.6 percent were obese.
  • Thyroid disease affects about 16 million Americans.
  • Almost 8 percent of the American population is affected by diabetes — an estimated 24 million adults and children, with 1.6 million new cases diagnosed in people age 20 and older, each year.
  • An estimated 80,000 cases of acute pancreatitis occur in the US annually.
Source: US Department of Health & Human Services, National Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

At Winthrop-University Hospital, endocrine and metabolic research has a long and strong history, internationally recognized for groundbreaking studies in osteoporosis and pediatric growth disorders, including a genetic condition Prader-Willi syndrome.

WUH Researchers’ Study:

  • The regulation of thyroid nodular formation by vitamin D in patients with vitamin D insufficiency.
  • Growth hormone deficiency in children
  • Zinc nutritional status, androgens and growth retardation
  • Growth hormone on bone metabolism.
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Effects of immune thyroid disease, endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes