Endocrine & Diabetes Centre

Endocrine & Diabetes Centre

About Us

The Endocrine & Diabetes Centre, in collaboration with other clinical units of the Hospital including Departments of Pathology, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET and Ophthalmology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre and Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, offers a one-stop 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.

Professional Team
  • Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist)
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Diabetes Nurse Specialist
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist

About Endocrine Diseases

What are Endocrine Diseases?
There are many endocrine diseases that are related to the malfunctioning of the endocrine system. Common examples include hormonal disorder (symptoms or diseases related to menstruation in women and sexual dysfunction in men), diabetes, thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and goiter), osteoporosis, side effects due to excessive use of steroid, obesity and obesity-related metabolic syndrome.

Hormones are secretions by endocrine glands into the blood system for specific functions, responsible for sustaining a stable internal environment (for example, the blood glucose level at 4-8 mmol/L or body temperature at around 37°C).

Common Endocrine Diseases
  • Pituitary Disorders
    Common pituitary disorders include elevated levels of prolactin which result in menstrual irregularities and/or lactation. It is usually due to hyperplasia/benign tumour of prolactin-producing cells or other types of pituitary tumours. Delayed treatment may cause permanent visual damage and higher risk of osteoporosis in women.
  • Adrenal Gland Disorders
    Secondary hypertension is one of the common adrenal gland disorders. Early detection and treatment can cure or manage the conditions of hypertension.
  • Parathyroid Disorders
    Excessively high or low levels of calcium in the blood may cause constipation, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea and other symptoms. It usually involves hyperparathyroidism caused by tumours, or the parathyroid gland being damaged during the surgical treatment of hyperthyroidism.
  • Ovary (female) / Testes (male)
    Hormonal disorders in male and female may cause impotence, polycystic ovary syndrome or other conditions.
  • Thyroid Diseases
    Common thyroid diseases include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid tumours. Hyperthyroidism may cause symptoms like rapid heart rate and involuntary weight loss. Prolonged neglect of the conditions may damage the heart functions and lead to osteoporosis. Hypothyroidism may cause weight gain, lethargy and higher risks of hypothermia in cold weather and coma when having serious illnesses.
  • Fatty Tissues
    Common endocrine diseases also include obesity, metabolic syndrome (i.e. central obesity, which means having a waist circumference of >90 cm in men and >80 cm in women and two of the following conditions: hypertension, hypertriglyceridaemia, low HDL level, or diabetes) and osteoporosis.
  • Pancreatic Disorders
    Diabetes is the most well-known pancreatic disorder. The Centre offers a wide range of assessment and treatment programmes for patients with diabetes. Please refer to the relevant pamphlets for details.

About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?
People with diabetes have problems regulating the amount of glucose (sugar) in their blood. This happens because insulin production is insufficient or insulin does not function properly. Thus, glucose cannot be converted into energy we need. This results in increased blood glucose level, and the extra glucose will be excreted in urine.

What are the long term complications of Diabetes?
Persistent high blood glucose levels may lead to vascular and nerve damages which in turn affect organ functions. People with diabetes have risks of developing one or more of the following complications:

  • Retinopathy, Cataract, Glaucoma
    These conditions may lead to blindness. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 74. Patients are 25 times more likely to lose their eyesight.
  • Kidney Disease
    Diabetes is the most common cause of end-stage renal failure. 20 to 40% of people with diabetes will develop kidney disease.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
    People with diabetes 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. Patients are 20 - 40 times more likely to require this procedure.
  • Sexual Dysfunction
    More than 10% of men with diabetes suffer from sexual dysfunction.

How to prevent or delay the onset of complications of Diabetes?
It is very important that diabetic patients keep their blood glucose levels within the normal target range in order to reduce their risk of developing the complications. You may not notice anything abnormal even if you have a complication. Health care professionals, however, can detect your problem long before symptoms appear. Early detection and intervention are the best ways to prevent or delay complications.

Our Services
Endocrine Diseases
Endocrine diseases are usually caused by hyperactivity, hypoactivity or tumours of the endocrine system. To assist the diagnosis and treatment by the Endocrinologists, it is crucial to have accurate measurements of hormonal levels and precise imaging by radiology and nuclear medicine to locate the malfunctioned part of the endocrine system. In collaboration with the Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, the Endocrinologists at the Centre are well supported to provide treatment that is most appropriate, safe and effective.

Diabetes
Diabetes Assessment and Complications Screening Programme
You may not notice anything abnormal even if you have diabetes or a complication of diabetes. Early detection and intervention are the best ways to prevent or delay complications.

HKSH Diabetes Club
The Endocrine & Diabetes Centre has established the HKSH Diabetes Club as a special patient group for people with diabetes with the aim to build a support network for people with diabetes and share their experiences through various activities.

arrowHKSH Diabetes Club application form
arrowDiabetes News
arrowDM Dictionary

Membership Benefits
  • One free Glucometer or
  • One free DM Dietary Advisory Service or
  • One free DM Nursing Advisory Service or
  • One free test for HbA1c and Urine for Microalbumin
    (New member can choose one of the above offers which is valid within three months from the date of enrollment)
  • Regular newsletters and email alerts providing diabetes-related news and information
  • Regular diabetes-related talks and activities

Entrance Fee: HK$710
Enquiries and Application: 2835 8683

For details, please download pamphlet.

Contact Us
For enquiries and appointments, please contact us at:
 
Endocrine & Diabetes Centre
Address:10/F, Li Shu Pui Block
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
2 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Tel: 2835 8683
Fax:2892 7513
Email:endocrine@hksh-hospital.com
Service Hours (by appointment only)
Monday to Friday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays



Endocrine & Diabetes Centre
Address:  2/F, Chuang's Tower,
No.30-32 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel:2523 7807
Fax:2892 7594
Email:endocrine@hksh-healthcare.com