Nine Things Hospitalists Need to Know About Treating Patients With Endocrine Disorders

Thomas R. Collins


The Hospitalist. 2015;19(4):26-28. 

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Diabetes is as prevalent in hospitals today as lab coats and heart monitors. More than 8% of the population—almost 26 million people—and nearly 27% (11 million) of Americans 65 or older have diabetes, according to American Diabetes Association (ADA) statistics. That makes diabetes one of the most common conditions hospitalists face day in and day out.

Other endocrine disorders also pose a challenge to hospitalists because they may be relatively uncommon, endocrinologists say.

The Hospitalist spoke to several endocrinologists and veteran hospitalists, mining their backgrounds and observations for tips on caring for hospitalized patients with endocrine disorders. Here are 10 things they think hospitalists need to know: