Dr. Raveena Nalla is a board-certified physician who specializes in endocrinology, including the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, thyroid disease, and other diseases and conditions of the endocrine system.

What are some of the most common endocrine problems that you see in your practice?

We treat a variety of endocrine problems.  Some of the most common conditions are diabetes mellitus, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary gland disorders and osteoporosis.  The most common are thyroid and diabetes mellitus.

What are some common signs and symptoms of endocrine conditions that people should be aware of?

Some signs and symptoms to watch for Diabetes mellitus include increased urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, changes in vision, fatigue.

Some signs and symptoms of other endocrine disorders can include fatigue, weakness, weight changes, changes in appetite, high or low blood pressure, high or low blood sugar, heart rate irregularities, changes in bowel habits, skin changes etc.

Are there any emerging research or treatments in endocrinology that show promise for improving hormonal health?

The world of diabetes mellitus is ever changing.  There are always improvements and innovations in diabetes management.  Continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps are examples of the technology that is constantly improving and changing.  New medications for treatment of diabetes mellitus and weight loss are being produced by various drug companies.

What are the potential long-term consequences of untreated endocrine conditions?

If left untreated, many endocrine disorders, such as diabetes mellitus or thyroid disease, can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, impaired vision / blindness and amputations.

What lifestyle factors can contribute to hormonal imbalances, and how can they be addressed?

Many different lifestyle factors can contribute to hormonal imbalances.  Factors like stress, eating habits, physical activity and medications can play a large role in hormone imbalance.  It is always best to talk with your primary care provider about these issues and decide what course of action is best for you.