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Department of internal medicine (endocrinology, diabetology and nutritional therapy)

Dr. med. Ralf Jung
internal medicine, endocrinology

About the department

The department of internal medicine (endocrinology, diabetology and nutritional therapy) at Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main is one of the best medical facilities for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in Germany, according to Focus magazine. For over 115 years, a multidisciplinary team has diagnosed and treated type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic disorders. Treatment is carried out on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Furthermore, there is a training centre where patients undergo practical and daily training to treat their disease based on the department. In addition, the department of diabetology is certified as a qualified institution for treating diabetic foot syndrome according to the German Diabetes Society Foot Working Group criteria. Also, high-qualified doctors pay special attention to pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

In most cases, the department deals with conservative replacement therapy for diseases of the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. Depending on the patient's needs, insulin and pills will be prescribed, and dietary adjustments and exercise therapy. For severe metabolic disorders such as diabetic coma, diabetic ketoacidosis, severe infections and cardiovascular diseases, treatment is carried out in a modern intensive care unit with relevant specialists.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Diabetic foot syndrome
  • Severe metabolic fluctuations 
  • Gestational diabetes in pregnant
  • Diabetes mellitus with physical limitations (after a stroke) and other secondary diseases
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve disease)
  • Diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease)
  • Diabetes mellitus with heart disease and circulatory disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus with circulatory disorders
  • Diabetes with insulin resistance
  • Thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism) 
  • Adrenal gland disorders (Addison's disease)
  • Pituitary disorders (acromegaly, pituitary adenoma)

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination (palpation of the thyroid gland) 
  • Laboratory testing 
  • Hormone panel 
  • Lipidogram (used to find abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Blood glucose level 
  • Glucose tolerance test 

Treatment:

  • Healthy diet 
  • Drug therapy 
  • Hormone therapy 
  • Intensive insulin therapy
  • Surgery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise therapy 
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