Dr. Russell has been trained in two medical specialties.
Diabetology, or the medical study and treatment of diabetes mellitus, is recognized by the medical community as a subspecialty of endocrinology. The title of diabetologist may refer to a physician who has completed a residency in internal medicine and has studied and treated diabetes extensively, achieving a high degree of expertise in the area. Alternatively, the title may also refer to an endocrinologist who has studied diabetes or focuses his/her practice on treating those with diabetes.
After being referred to a diabetologist or finding one on their own accord, patients are usually given a general exam by the diabetologist in order to establish a relationship. This will include a physical evaluation and an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, as well as their family’s medical history. Diabetologists may perform exams such as blood tests to assist in determining the best treatment plan for the patient.
After initial evaluations, the diabetologist will work with the patient to create a treatment and management plan in an attempt to control the diabetes and any related symptoms. This may include creating healthy diet and exercise plans, as well as prescribing any necessary medications to control blood sugar levels, such as the various forms of injections. Patients suffering from diabetes must take a proactive stance with regard to the treatment of their disease in order to manage it effectively.
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Endocrinology is a field of medicine that studies, diagnoses, treats, and manages the various disorders and diseases of the hormonal system (endocrine system) within the body. The endocrine system is made up of a variety of glands that secrete hormones into the blood. Hormones are responsible for and affect many bodily systems and processes including growth, tissue function, organ function, sensory perception, respiration, metabolism, and reproductive and sexual processes, among other vital processes.
Endocrinologists are trained to study and diagnose malfunctions or disorders of the endocrine system, the most common of which are the various types of diabetes and complications of the thyroid gland. When treating disorders such as these, endocrinologists will often educate patients with regard to their specific condition, suggesting changes in diet and exercise in addition to traditional treatment techniques and procedures.
Endocrinologists are also capable of treating disorders such as infertility, hyper- and hypothyroidism, menopause, adrenal disorders, obesity, rheumatic disorders, osteoporosis and various metabolic disorders. Because the endocrine system plays a key role in many of the vital processes of the body, endocrinologists are often consulted by other specialists and physicians when evaluating or treating patients due to their vast knowledge of the hormonal system and its wide-ranging effects on the health of the patient.
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