The Centre for Endocrinology and Diabetes is the only full-fledged endocrinology centre in the entire state of Kerala and provides advanced care for diabetes mellitus as well as complex endocrine diseases. There are full facilities for the investigation and treatment of endocrine problems in adult, paediatric, and adolescent patients and all the complications of diabetes. The Centre consists of a dedicated and well-qualified team of healthcare professionals comprising consultant endocrinologists, endocrinology specialists, diabetic foot surgeons, diabetic fellowship trainees, diabetic educators, physiotherapists, psychologists, podiatry assistants, medical social workers, dieticians and support nursing, administrative and research staff.
The Diabetes Care Programme provides intensive management of diabetes and diabetes related problems:
The Programme also offers:
The Department of Endocrinology at AIMS is the most comprehensive one stop centre for the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of preventive and therapeutic aspects of diabetic foot. The diabetic foot division of the Department of Endocrinology is fully equipped with the most modern equipment to assess the function of nerves and blood vessels. The department provides all services under one roof, including special customized foot wear. The foot care programme is the only one in Asia to carry out reconstructive surgery in deformed diabetic foot - an emerging strategy for preventing diabetic foot-related amputations.
This clinic provides specialized care for children and adolescents with growth disorders, early or delayed puberty, thyroid diseases, bone diseases, diabetes or other endocrine disorders.
The Lipid Clinic is devoted exclusively to treating patients with high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
The Exercise and Dietary Programme is aimed at full-fitness, utilizing treadmills, exercise bicycles, and other equipment under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist. The amount of exertion is gradually increased depending on each individual's capability.
Metabolic bone diseases are a relatively less-recognized aspect of endocrinology. These diseases include osteoporosis (an age and menopause-related thinning of bones,) osteomalacia (weakening of bones due to vitamin D deficiency,) hyperparathyroidisrn (a disease with bone pains and kidney stones, caused by excess parathyroid hormone levels resulting in dangerously high calcium levels in blood) and other complex bone diseases. The Centre has the best Bone Densitorneter, the DEXA Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, in the state to evaluate these complex disorders. Unexplained bone pains and early onset fractures are diseases investigated and managed by the department.
In addition to the routine out-patient based care of diabetic patient, the department has also initiated comprehensive diabetic care programme, focused on providing an annual diabetes check up to patients. Diabetes is known as a silent killer, and if left untreated, can cause kidney, nerve, eye, heart and foot problems. The annual checkup assesses the degree of glucose control and also measures the presence of diabetic complications. If detected early, many of these complications can be treated, and their progression can be stopped.
A common example of an under-treated endocrine disease is obesity. In this regard, AIMS has started a multidisciplinary obesity clinic. The clinic is conducted primarily by the endocrinology team, in coordination with the departments of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Plastic Surgery. AIMS is probably the only obesity centre in the country to incorporate endocrinologists, GI surgeons and plastic surgeons working together for a common cause under the sphere of obesity management. In addition to hormonal assessment of obesity, our centre also has state-of-the-art facilities for body fat assessments, preoperative assessments and postoperative follow up for obesity patients. We have a comprehensive medical nutrition programme, exercise counselling, drug therapy and plastic surgery, as well as bariatric procedures.
In order to better serve and communicate with patients with diabetes within the community, AIMS has initiated the Amrita Diabetes Welfare Association (ADWA). This association is intended to provide patients with a platform to raise relevant issues, including the cost of medicines and insulin, as it is ADWA's intention to help poor patients who have difficulty in procuring diabetic medication such as insulin.
Activities of the association:
Thyroid Cancer Clinic - 1st Wednesday, 2nd Friday and 3rd Thursday of the month.
Executive Clinic - Monday to Thursday - 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Obesity Clinic - Every Tuesday