Treatment with you in mind
At the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, we can connect you with the full range of resources offered through Northwell Health’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. The Division is staffed by leaders in clinical endocrinology who have expertise treating a wide variety of endocrine issues, including menopause and polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypo/hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancers, pituitary disorders and adrenal disorders. Through the inpatient and outpatient care facility, the Division provides state-of-the-art screenings and treatments, including ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of the thyroid and thyroid ultrasonography.
We also have an American Association of Diabetes Educators-accredited diabetes education program which provides insulin pump training and nutritional counseling. Our partnerships give us the ability to leverage skill, experience and leading-edge equipment, allowing us to best meet your unique needs.
If you have diabetes, either your body is making little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes) or it makes insulin but your cells aren’t able to us it (type 2 diabetes). There are an estimated 24 million Americans living with diabetes today. Roughly 90 percent of them have the type 2 form, which is the type that’s related to obesity, and that number has risen sharply in the last decade. While there is no cure for diabetes, treatment can be highly effective in managing it. This includes a diabetic diet, exercise and medication.
Your endocrine system is complex, producing different hormones that regulate a variety of bodily functions, including your metabolism and reproductive system. Certain endocrine disorders, such as thyroid problems, are much more common in women, while some conditions are related to the female hormone estrogen and happen exclusively in women.
Osteoporosis and bone health
Osteoporosis (which means “porous bone”) is commonly found in post-menopausal women. Women have a greater risk for osteoporosis than men because they have less bone tissue to begin with and tend to lose bone faster after menopause. Learn more about osteoporosis.
Menopause and perimenopause
The age at which women reach menopause can vary from anywhere between the early 40s and late 50s. The four to eight year transition phase leading up to a woman’s final menstrual period is known as perimenopause. A variety of symptoms can occur during perimenopause and menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and mood swings. Once you reach menopause, there are a variety of treatments that can help, depending on your symptoms.
Thyroid disorders are five to 10 times more common in women than men. These include an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). When thyroid disease goes untreated, you’re at an increased risk of developing high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis and infertility.