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The Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre, in collaboration with other departments of the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital including departments of Pathology, Heart Centre, Dietetics and Ophthalmology, provides comprehensive service for patients with diabetes and endocrine diseases. The Centre is committed to offering holistic treatment and care to patients, in particular patient education and prevention of diseases and complications.

People with diabetes have problems regulating the amount of glucose (sugar) in their blood. This results from insufficient insulin production or malfunctioning of insulin. In this case, glucose cannot be converted into energy the body needs, resulting in an increased blood glucose level, with extra glucose excreted in urine.

Persistent high blood glucose levels may lead to vascular and nerve damages, which in turn affect organ functions. Diabetic patients have risks of developing one or more of the following complications:

Retinopathy, Cataract, Glaucoma
These conditions may lead to blindness. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness, diabetic patients are 25 times more likely to lose their eyesight.

Kidney Disease
Diabetes is the most common cause of end-stage renal failure. Around 20% to 40% of diabetic patients will develop kidney disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke
Diabetic patients are 4 times more likely to have heart disease and stroke.

Nerve and Peripheral Vascular Diseases
These conditions may lead to serious foot ulcers that require an amputation. Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower leg amputation.

Sexual Dysfunction
More than 10% of male diabetic patients suffer from sexual dysfunction.

How to prevent or delay the onset of complications of Diabetes?
It is very important for diabetic patients to keep their blood glucose levels within the target range to reduce their risks of developing complications. Health care professionals are able to detect problems well before the symptoms appear. Early detection and intervention are the best ways to prevent or delay complications.

Items DM
Screening
DM
Complication
Screening
DM Complication
Screening with
Cardiovascular
Risk Assessment
Health Examination & Assessment
Physical Examination by Endocrinologist
Endocrinologist Consultation
(2 visits)
Nurse Assessment
Dietitian Consultation (1 visit)
Investigation Report
Screening for Eye Problem
Ophthalmologist Consultation
(1 visit)
General Eye Examination by Ophthalmologist
Fundus Photography
Screening for Foot Problem
General Foot Examination
Vibration Perception Threshold
10g Monofilament Test of Foot Sensation
Cardiac Examinations
Electrocardiogram
Echocardiogram
Treadmill Exercise Test
Laboratory Tests
Electrocardiogram
Renal Function Test
(Including Sodium, Potassium, Urea, Serum Creatinine, Uric Acid)
Liver Function Test (Including Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Aminotransferase, Aspartate Aminotransferase, Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Albumin/ Globulin Ratio)
Lipid Profile Tests (Including Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides)
Glucose (Fasting)
Haemoglobin AIC
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
Calcium
Inorganic Phosphates
Routine Urinalysis
Random Urine - Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio

* Please contact our staff at 2339 5990 for the details if referred by other doctor.

There are many endocrine diseases related to the malfunctioning of the endocrine system. Common examples include hormonal disorders related to pituitary or adrenal gland, diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, side effects of excessive use of steroid, obesity and obesity-related metabolic syndrome.

Thyroid disorders
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck. This gland secretes hormones that govern many of the functions in the body. Thyroid disorders typically occur when this gland releases too many (hyperthyroidism), too few (hypothyroidism) hormones or becomes enlarged (goiter). An overactive or underactive thyroid can lead to a wide range of health problems.
Thyroid disorders can be treated by oral medications, radioactive iodine or, in some cases, surgery. Treatment will depend on the particular disease of the thyroid. Our healthcare team will work with patients to determine the best treatment option for their thyroid disorder.

Metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.
Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has three or more of the following risk factors:

Abdominal obesity

A high triglyceride level

A low HDL cholesterol level

High blood pressure

High fasting glucose

Although metabolic syndrome is a serious condition, the risks can be reduced significantly by lifestyle modification and working with the healthcare provider to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Please refer to our General Hospital Charges for details.

Monday - Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

* For referral cases, please call our Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre for more information.

For enquiries and appointments, please contact us at:
Address
:
LG1, Block D, 222 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone
:
2339 5990
Fax
:
2339 5994
Email
:
dec@hkbh.org.hk

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