Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
The Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Department
Provides complete care for a broad range of medical conditions including Endocrine and Metabolic disorders.
What is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the study of medical disorders related to the endocrine system and the secretion of hormones. The endocrine system is made up of a group of organs whose primary function is to secrete hormones. These organs include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testes, and the pancreas. Hormones are produced by these organs and carried through the blood stream to other organs.
An Endocrinologist diagnoses and treats patients with various types of endocrine disorders. A disorder of this type is often referred to in layman’s terms as a “hormone imbalance”, but in the medical field is described as endocrinopathy or endocrinosis.
What is a Metabolic Disorder?
A metabolic disorder affects a person’s ability to produce energy through the metabolic process. Those affected by the disorder lack the enzymes necessary for certain steps in the process. Most metabolic disorders are genetic, but a few are brought on by diet, toxins and infection.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is on the rise in the United State, about 7% of the population has diabetes. This disease causes the body to not produce or properly use insulin, which is the hormone used to convert sugar and other foods into energy. A clear cause of diabetes is unkown, but it appears that excess weight and inactivity are contributing factors.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes – a person’s body does not produce insulin. This occurs in about 5-10% of diabetes patients.
Type 2 diabetes – a person’s body is insulin resistant, meaning insulin is not used properly in the body, and the person is insulin deficient. This is the most common type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes – occurs in pregnant women at a rate of about 4%.
Slocum-Dickson’s Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Specialists
Dayal D. Raja is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Dr. Raja completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed an Internship/Residency in Internal Medicine at Mercer University, Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, GA and an Internship in Emergency Medicine at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Albert Einstein University in Far Rockaway, NY. Dr. Raja earned his Medical Degree from St. George’s University.
Dr. Raja prides himself on his patient care and clinical skills. During residency he was selected to serve as Chief Resident and was awarded Resident of the Year twice. He continued his high level of performance during his fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and was awarded Fellow of the Year during his training.
Always up to date on the latest in Medicine and Endocrinology, his patients can expect the most advanced care available. He greatly enjoys patient interaction, is an excellent communicator and always involves his patients in their management plan.
He has appeared on CBS TV Diabetes Hotline discussing issues related to Diabetes. His research has been published and presented at many major Endocrinology Symposiums, including The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, The American Thyroid Association and The American Diabetes Association.