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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Dr. Joseph Schwartz has been treating adult patients at Endocrinology Consultants in Englewood for about 20 years; long enough that he is treating their children as well. He realized there are few local options for children in the Bergen County area who need an endocrinologist, so he expanded his practice to include pediatric endocrinology. For parents and children, Endocrinology Consultants in Englewood is more convenient and comfortable than driving into the city, and the practice has services like lab tests and imaging in the same location.

If your child has suddenly fallen off the growth curve, or seems to be gaining weight for no apparent reason, it could be a hormonal problem. The endocrine system is made up of organs that secrete hormones including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes and pancreas. When these systems aren’t working properly, the result can be growth disorders and conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism and obesity.

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What differentiates Endocrinology Consultants from others is their attention to the whole patient. “You are not just your lab tests,” said Dr. Schwartz. “Doctors usually spend 10 to 20 minutes with new patients but we spend a full hour. Endocrine conditions need handholding. We can’t just go by the numbers on the tests. If a patient says they don’t feel well, we try to help them feel better. Patients want to be heard. Since we give more time than the average visit, we can answer their questions. Maybe we can make subtle adjustments to their medications and make sure they are taking them correctly. We make sure they know how to eat right and exercise. We try our best to know what’s going on, how we can make patients feel as functional, healthy and happy as possible. That’s our wholistic approach.”

Since the pandemic hit, Endocrinology Consultants has been doing more telehealth visits but many patients want to come in, get examined and review their findings. The offices are clean and safe; patients get their temperature checked when they enter. Everyone is masked and following appropriate safety guidelines. Patients are advised to see their primary care physician and not come in if they feel ill.

For more information, or to make an appointment, visit https://www.endocrinewellness.com, or call Endocrinology Consultants, 229 Engle Street, Englewood at 201-567-8999.

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