Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that studies hormones. Hormones are substances that act like messenger molecules in the body. After being made in one part of the body, they travel to other parts of the body where they help control how cells and organs do their work. Endocrinologists specialize in diabetes because insulin is a hormone that’s made by the beta cells in the pancreas. When it’s released into the blood, insulin helps regulate how the cells of the body use glucose (a type of sugar) for energy. There are many other hormones besides insulin that are involved in glucose control and many other hormones involved in metabolism that help regulate food intake and weight.
Dr. Mariela Glandt, the center director, is an endocrinologist, experienced in treating diabetes.