UnityPoint Clinic Specialties | Diabetes and Endocrinology

Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

04 Patients
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Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

855 A Avenue NE
Suite 300A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

101 Cedar River Pkwy
Suite 101
Waverly, Iowa 50677

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Bett Plex)

5185 Competition Dr.
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Morton)

1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade

610 2nd Ave. NE
Cascade, Iowa 52033

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - East

1550 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 JFK Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

06 Patients
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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

05 Patients
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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - North Crossing

2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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Urgent Care - Prairie Parkway

5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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Urgent Care - San Marnan

1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

08 Patients
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Urgent Care - United Medical Park

1731 W Ridgeway Ave.
Suite 100
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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Walk-In Care

800 Kenyon Road
Suite S
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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Diabetes and Endocrinology

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus (DM), or diabetes, as it is more commonly known, is a metabolic disease where blood sugar levels are elevated for prolonged periods of time. Diabetes is caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the body not responding properly to the insulin produce. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination and increased thirst and hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many serious complications. Long-term complications of the disease include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers and damage to the eyes.

There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 DM: Occurs in about five percent of diabetes patients. The body does not produce enough insulin.
  • Type 2 DM: Is the most common form of diabetes. Unlike those with type 1 diabetes, the bodies of patients with type 2 can make insulin. However, their pancreas either does not make enough or the body cannot use it efficiently. This is also called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes can be regulated and controlled with healthy diet, exercise and medication.
  • Gestational diabetes: Occurs when a pregnant woman without a prior history of diabetes develops high blood glucose. Typically is it only present during the course of the pregnancy.

What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is a branch of medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases and functions and the hormones related to it. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system. The major endocrine glands include the pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid, parathyroid, hypothalamus, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands. These glands control many hormonal functions of the body, including metabolism, growth and development, sleep, digestion, respiration, excretion, mood, stress, lactation and reproduction. Diabetes and thyroid disorders are the most common types of issues that endocrinology treats.

Signs and Symptoms

Because of the wide range of hormone issues that endocrinologists treat, symptoms may vary. Some general symptoms that may be a sign of a hormone disorder include:

  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Low libido
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia

What is an Endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist is a doctor of internal medicine who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of hormone issues and disorders. They have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the endocrine system, which is comprised of glands in the body that secrete hormones throughout. An endocrinologist receives extensive training in hormone disorders and how to identify and treat them.

What Does an Endocrinologist Do?

Endocrinologists diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems in the body. The goal is to help restore the normal balance of hormones and function. They will perform a physical examination and do a comprehensive review of medical data and health history. Additionally, they will order additional tests and lab work as needed and interpret results. They can coordinate their care with other specialists, such as gynecologists, when dealing with reproductive issues that are related to hormone functions.

When to See an Endocrinologist

Your primary care provider may refer you to an endocrinologist if bloodwork and testing indicates you are experiencing hormone disorders and issues. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you may be referred as well. Your first appointment will typically include a comprehensive review of your medical history. Your primary care provider will arrange to have your health records available to the endocrinologist. Also helpful, is a detailed family medical history. Additionally, it is important to take the time beforehand to document all the symptoms you are experiencing so the doctor has the most complete information available to help you.

Endocrinologists help treat many types of hormone disorders. The most common ones include:

  • Menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Lack of growth
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Cancers of the endocrine glands
  • Over-or under-production of hormones
  • Cholesterol disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility

Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Endocrinology

Our endocrinologists at UnityPoint Clinic are committed to working with you to diagnose, treat and help maintain and control your conditions to help you live a healthy life. Endocrinologists work with a care team and other providers as needed so your care is coordinated no matter if you're in the doctor's office, the hospital or at home.