Integrative Endocrinology combines the field of Endocrinology with functional medicine to optimize one’s health. Functional medicine is finding the root cause of the problem – rather than simply treating the symptom. Conventional Endocrinology is a specialty of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones. Endocrinology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine, which requires an extra set of training after completing three years of Internal Medicine. Endocrinology is an imbalance of one or more hormones that can cause a disease. For example, if your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone then you will have an overactive thyroid.
The endocrine system is involved with glands or organs that produce and secrete hormones which control the body’s metabolism, growth, sexual development and function. A relatively new endocrine gland that most health care providers are not aware of is your inner fat (visceral fat). The classic major endocrine glands include the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testicles, pancreas, parathyroid, hypothalamus and pituitary.
. Dr. Lee has also had the unique experience of being the Team Endocrinologist for the Cleveland Indians during their spring training in Winter Haven Florida for a number of years.
Dr. Lee is board certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Internal Medicine – and has received special training in functional and regenerative medicine. His current practice concerns the focus of Integrative Endocrinology. Dr. Lee combines functional medicine to determine the root problem with the use of bioidentical hormones to help his patients achieve wellness – along with an emphasis on improving on diet, lifestyle and nutrition. The intravenous (IV) nutrition programs offered at the Institute for Hormonal Balance are the most effective way to improve on numerous conditions.
Thyroid ultrasound to screen for thyroid cancer is offered at the Institute for Hormonal Balance at a very reasonable cost. If the nodule is over 1 centimeter, and if it is growing, Dr. Lee can perform a fine needle aspiration (FNA) to see if there are any malignant cells. Dr. Lee has done thousands of biopsies of thyroid nodules under ultrasound guidance and has effectively diagnosed thyroid cancer. Dr. Lee has restricted his practice in treating thyroid cancer. If you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer, then Dr. Lee will refer you to another specialist.
Although Dr. Lee has extensive experience in insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, inhaled insulin when it was available (currently inhaled insulin is no longer on the market), and all the new diabetes medications, Dr. Lee is restricting his practice in seeing any new patients with diabetes. Dr. Lee’s emphasis is to prevent diabetes, rather than treat it.
Education is the key in Dr. Lee’s practice. He will be spending more time with you (compared to most physicians’ typical 10-minute follow-up visits) so that you will be educated and informed. At the Institute for Hormonal Balance, you will receive the care that you deserve.