Avni Vora, M.D., Endocrinologist
Avni Vora, M.D., Board-Certified Endocrinologist, received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Vora is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Thyroid Association.
Endocrinology is a specialized field of medicine that involves evaluation and management of problems related to the endocrine glands, which produce hormones that affect various parts of the body. Changes in levels of hormones in the blood can have long-term effects on the body and various organ functions. Through interview, physical examination, lab and radiological testing, Dr. Vora evaluates a number of different endocrine issues, including:
- Thyroid Disease
- Calcium and Bone Disorders
- Adrenal Abnormalities
- Pituitary Gland Problems
Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose in the blood which is normally controlled by a hormone called insulin. Type 1 diabetes is due to inadequate amounts of insulin produced by the pancreas, whereas Type 2 diabetes is generally due to the body being resistant to insulin. Control of diabetes is important in preventing long-term complications such as eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage. Dr. Vora offers a comprehensive diabetes evaluation including on-site A1c testing, evaluation of blood sugars with associated medication modification and management of risk factors related to diabetes. In addition, Gateway Medical Center dietitians will be available by appointment for further education regarding diabetes management, diet and exercise
The thyroid is a gland located at the base of the neck that produces a hormone which affects the body’s metabolism and the action of other organs in the body. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland can lead to systemic problems in the body affecting many organs, including the heart, intestines, nerves and eyes. Dr. Vora can assess symptoms and laboratory testing and provide various options for management of thyroid disease. Thyroid nodules are common, and up to 5% can be malignant. Thus, all thyroid nodules should be evaluated by an endocrinologist.
Calcium and Bone Disorders
Calcium and phosphorus are the building blocks of our bones. Abnormalities in calcium can affect bone strength and the function of multiple organs such as the heart and kidney. Osteoporosis is a reduction in bone density over time which can be related to age or other hormonal abnormalities. Treatment of osteoporosis is important in preventing major fractures that can limit mobility and daily function. Dr. Vora offers evaluation of high or low calcium levels, overactive glands increasing calcium levels, abnormalities in Vitamin D metabolism along with evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis.
The adrenal glands are small triangular glands that sit atop the kidneys on each side. They produce multiple hormones that help to manage stress on the body, fluid and blood pressure, and development. Under– or overproduction of these hormones can lead to abnormalities in these areas. In addition, nodules in the adrenal gland require evaluation to rule out malignancy and overproduction of hormones. Dr. Vora provides comprehensive testing of these hormones and evaluation of adrenal nodules.
Pituitary Gland Problems
The pituitary gland is a small gland under the brain that produces multiple hormones. These hormones are responsible for stimulation and control of other endocrine organs (such as the ones listed above). Over production or underproduction of these hormones or abnormal growth of the pituitary gland can affect vision and many other endocrine organ functions. Dr. Vora can provide symptom evaluation and advanced testing methods to evaluate the pituitary gland function.
For more information, call her office at 931-502-3700.