Welcome to Access Endocrine Diabetes & Thyroid Center
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Welcome to Access Endocrine, Diabetes and Thyroid Clinic, which was established in 1981 to serve the Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid and Metabolism health needs of Oklahomans. We will do all we can to provide you the very best of care now and in the future. As you read this website, you will see that it answers a number of questions, including in the 'Patient Center' and 'Services' tabs at the top of this page. Please do not hesitate to ask the doctor or any of our office personnel any questions you may have. We hope to make your visit both pleasant and beneficial to your health.
Following is a quick overview of our essential services and what they can mean for your health and well-being.
Metabolism is the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. Inherited metabolic disorders are genetic conditions that result in metabolism problems. Most people with inherited metabolic disorders have a defective gene that results in an enzyme deficiency. There are several different genetic metabolic disorders, and their symptoms, treatments, and prognoses vary widely. Such disorders can lead to Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Osteoporosis.
To facilitate your health, we diagnose and treat metabolic disorders.
Diabetes and Hypoglycemia
Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. The underlying cause of diabetes varies by type. But, no matter what type of diabetes you have, it can lead to excess sugar in your blood. Too much sugar in your blood can lead to serious health problems.
We aim to help you live better by diagnosing and treating any diabetes-related issues you may have or be developing.
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck below the Adam's apple. Thyroid disease is a common problem that can cause symptoms because of over- or under-function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is an essential organ for producing thyroid hormones, which maintain your body metabolism.
We diagnose and also treat thyroid-related issues, including Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's disease, Grave's disease and thyroid cancer.
The adrenal glands, located on the top of each kidney, are responsible for releasing different hormones. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough of these hormones. In Cushing's syndrome, there's too much cortisol, while with Addison's disease, there is too little. Some people are born unable to make enough cortisol.
We diagnose as well as treat adrenal disorders among which are Adrenal Insufficiency, Addison's Disease, Cushing's Syndrome, Adrenal Tumors and Pheochromocytoma.
Female Hormone Disorders
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include infertility and irregular periods, weight gain or weight loss (that’s unexplained and not due to intentional changes in your diet), depression and anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, low libido, changes in appetite, digestive issues, hair loss and hair thinning.
It is important to understand and counteract female hormone-related issues, especially in a regularized and ongoing approach to women's health that becomes part of your lifestyle with a holistic approach.
Male Hormone Disorders
The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men are often disregarded until they impact quality of life so severely that treatment is aggressively sought out. Some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, brain fog, decreased sexual performance, inability to maintain muscle mass, depression, anxiety, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
It is important to understand and counteract male hormone-related issues, especially in a regularized and ongoing approach to men's health that becomes part of your lifestyle with a holistic approach.
The pituitary gland is a tiny organ, the size of a pea, found at the base of the brain that regulates hormones vital to important functions of your body. As the “master gland” of the body, it produces many hormones that travel throughout the body, directing certain processes or stimulating other glands to produce other hormones. Pituitary tumors or abnormalities can result in too many or too few of the hormones that regulate important functions of your body.
We diagnose and treat pituitary tumors, Acromegaly, Adult somatropic hormone Deficiency, Hypopituitarism and Cushing Disease, among other pituitary-related disorders.
Parathyroid glands are small glands located in the neck behind the thyroid gland that control calcium levels in your bones and blood. Calcium is among the most important elements in our bodies (we use it to control many functions), so calcium is regulated very carefully. Parathyroid related issues include fragile bones, kidney stones, and excessive urination.
We diagnose and treat parathyroid-related issues and use state of the art bone densitometry equipment (minimal radiation hazard compared to X-rays).
Calcium and Bone Disorders
Calcium and bone disorders which weaken bone strength and involve abnormalities of bone minerals and metabolism can involve several hormones, including parathyroid hormone, estrogen, testosterone as well as other factors like Vitamin D, phosphate, and magnesium. The most common of these disorders is osteoporosis, but other calcium-related conditions include hyperparathyroidism and Paget’s disease of bone.
We diagnose and treat metabolic bone, calcium and parathyroid disorders, aiming to bring to full strength the mobility and activity of a healthy lifestyle.
Obesity and Weight Control
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems in the world. It is related to several conditions collectively known as metabolic syndrome, putting people at much higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Weight gain may in some cases be a result of eating behavior and lifestyle, but some people are at a disadvantage due to genetics and endocrine function.
Our goal is to understand both of these - habits and internal function - to make it easier for you to live the healthier lifestyle you deserve.
We will always work hard to give you the best possible experience and highest standard of care. Read about the doctor here.
Please see the services tab at the top of this page or visit our patient center for more information on endocrinology.
Our General Practice Areas
Our services include clinical evaluation by relevant history and physical examination, laboratory testing, ultrasound thyroid, DEXA Bone Densitometry, Autonomic Neuropathy testing in addition to Vascular testing for Peripheral Vascular Disease.
Our office diagnoses and treats endocrine issues broadly speaking. Endocrinology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the ductless glands which often affect other parts of the body due to hormonal imbalance. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the patient's normal balance of hormones. Some of the more common conditions treated by endocrinologists include pituitary tumors, hypopituitarism, acromegaly, prolactinoma, diabetes, metabolic disorders like obesity and metabolic syndrome, lack of growth, osteoporosis, thyroid diseases, hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, over- or under-production of hormones, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, infertility and menopause. Addison's Disease and Cushing's Syndrome are also evaluated and managed. Adult somatropic hormone deficiency is evaluated and treated.
We focus on early and proactive detection and treatment of diabetes. Diabetes affects how your body uses blood sugar (glucose), the source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues and your brain's main source of fuel. Though causes vary, diabetes leads to excess blood sugar, which in turn can lead to serious health problems. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after delivery. Some diabetic people have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. Symptoms of diabetes include urinating often, feeling very thirsty, feeling very hungry though you are eating, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal, weight loss even though you are eating more, tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.
We diagnose and treat different types of thyroid imbalance related disease including Hashimoto’s disease and Graves’ disease. Thyroid-related issues are often undertreated or remain undiagnosed for millions of Americans. For women, pregnancy and menopause can also affect thyroid function. Symptoms of a thyroid disorder might include fatigue, weight gain, confusion, poor memory, poor concentration, difficulty sleeping, constipation, irregular periods, hair loss, lack of concentration, depression, other unexplained, undiagnosed ailments.
We also treat lipid disorders that can spring from the wrong type of cholesterol, clogging your arteries and put you at risk for heart disease. High cholesterol levels can stem from your diet, especially if you eat foods high in saturated fats. Sometimes, though, your thyroid gland may be to blame.
We have many success stories over the years from treating patients for weight-related issues. Generally, weight loss can produce significant health benefits such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars. Modest weight loss can decrease risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity. In addition to improving your health, maintaining weight loss is likely to improve your life in other ways. A National Weight Control Registry study found that those who had maintained weight loss reported improvements in not only their physical health, but also their energy levels, physical mobility, general mood, and self-confidence.
We aim to improve weight control through understanding your body's chemical processes through medically informed analysis and then prescribing treatment that may involve overall changes to lifestyle, habits and approaches to diet in a holistic and integrative manner.
Two Convenient Locations in Oklahoma City
Our offices are conveniently located in the north and south of Oklahoma City. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we are available at the north location and the other days of the week, we are available in the south office. We'll make every effort to accomodate your schedule when you call our friendly staff.
I have been going here for almost 4 years and this is one of the smartest doctors I have ever been to. He is always making sure that all of my issues are covered and has done everything that he has said he was going to do. He listens to me and is very compassionate. The only thing I can say negative is sometimes I have to wait a few minutes past my appointment time to be seen but the wait is worth it.
We accept many different kinds of insurance plans
Our office accepts several insurance carriers for your benefit. We are happy to file claims on your behalf and we can help you understand your benefits and coverage.
I would recommend Dr Gude to anyone needing an endocrinologist. I have been seeing Dr Gude and his staff for 4 years. I am so thankful I found Dr Gude. I had been so sick for many years with no one able to tell me what was wrong. Dr Gude didn't stop until he found the problem. I love his staff just as much as I love him. Everyone at his office is always so nice and friendly and willing to help. So if you want a Dr that listens and really cares and even has an office staff that are just as nice and cares this is the place to go.
State of the Art Laboratory Equipment
Our office is equipped with an onsite laboratory, Thyroid Sonography, DEXA Bone Densitometer, Sudoscan for Autonomic Neuropathy and Doppler study for Peripheral Arterial Disease among other equipment.
Bone densitometry is a test like an X-ray that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone. It is used primarily to detect osteopenia or osteoporosis, diseases in which the bone's minerals and density are low and the risk of fractures is increased. Radiation hazard is very minimal with approximately 1/10th of the radiation associated with a chest x-ray. [Find Out More]