Endocrinology & Diabetes


Endocrinology focuses on the endocrine system, which consists of glands and hormones in the body. Diseases that can be treated by an endocrinologist include all types of diabetes, metabolic disorder, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, metabolic bone disease, and disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands.


Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin is a hormone that “unlocks” the cells of your body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.

Type 1 Diabetes: Your body does not make insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes: Your body does not make or use insulin well, resulting from insulin resistance (the body fails to properly use insulin) and relative insulin deficiency (lack of insulin production).

Gestational Diabetes: Occurs during pregnancy and usually resolves after delivery; however the diabetes may persist after delivery in some women.

Pre-diabetes: A condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough for diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

Unlike Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable and usually curable. Those already diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes benefit from a relationship with their primary care provider (PCP) and a diabetes specialist like an endocrinologist. Those who are considered pre-diabetic have the opportunity to change their lifestyle to avoid or delay a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis.

The NorthCrest Lifestyle Change Program is a Diabetes Prevention Program with proven results. By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, the program prepares participants to make better choices for their health.

Lifestyle Change Program

The NorthCrest Lifestyle Change Program is a Diabetes Prevention program individuals who are considered pre-diabetic. The Lifestyle Change Program at NorthCrest Medical Center is one of three programs across Tennessee running a certified AADE Diabetes Prevention Program. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an initiative by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to teach at-risk prediabetes participants a healthier lifestyle through support groups, encouraging daily physical activity and eating choices.

Are you overweight? Have you ever been told by a Healthcare Professional that you:

  • Have pre-diabetes or are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
  • Have heart disease?
  • Have high blood pressure?

. You may be at high risk for Type 2 Diabetes, but there is something you can do about it!

Not sure if you’re at risk? Take this quick Diabetes Risk Test to see.

The NorthCrest Lifestyle Change Program offers strategies to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes. The program is:

  • FREE to participate/Grant-funded program
  • 24 sessions over 12 months
  • Group/coach support
  • CDC accredited
  • Open to the public (adults age 18+)
  • Provides participants with skills needed to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress

Call/email for further info on enrollment:  Kim James, RD, LDN: 615-384-1603; kim_james@northcrest.com

For individuals with diabetes, a healthcare team of a variety of specialty professionals work together. Two of the most important members of this healthcare team are the primary care provider (PCP) and endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a specialist in hormonal conditions who can assist with the self-management of diabetes, insulin prescription, and analysis and treatment of any diabetes-related concerns.

Our dedicated team at the NorthCrest Endocrinology Center focuses on a wide range of care of the endocrine system. Including all types of diabetes as well as metabolic disorder, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, metabolic bone diseases, and disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands.

Endocrine system disorders can impact different aspects of your health; our team of specialists approach each patient’s unique needs to provide the best care. Our team consists of an endocrinologist, board-certified nurse practitioner, diabetes educator, and dietician.

We also treat the following:

  • Adrenal Disorder
  • Calcium Metabolic Disorder
  • Diabetes (all forms, including Type 1 (also called juvenile diabetes), Type 2, pregnancy-related, diabetes, and prediabetes)
  • Lipid disorders, related to cholesterol or triglycerides
  • Metabolic bone disorder
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary disorder
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer

NorthCrest Endocrinology Center
403 NorthCrest Dr, Sprinfield, TN 37172
Phone: 615-384-1756

Clinic Days and Hours:

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am – Noon

*Closed Daily for lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm*

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