American University of Beirut

Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism Services

​The Endocrine – Diabetes Clinic

The clinic is held daily at the Out Patient Department and is run by the diabetes nurses and educators.

The clinic covers the following endocrine diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis and bone metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunctions
  • Parathyroid diseases
  • Adrenal diseases
  • Pituitary conditions
  • Gonadal functions
  • Dyslipidemias

The Endocrinology Research Laboratory

It was historically the first of its kind in Lebanon and the region. With more than 30 years experience in the field of radio-immunoassays and related technology, it continues to provide quality service based service based on up-to-date technology. It also offers the Radioactive Iodine Treatment unit for treatment of thyroid dysfunctions. The laboratory offers a wide variety of clinical, basic science and molecular tests. The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism research focuses on diabetes (epidemiology, pathophysiology of complications and treatment) obesity and weight management, lipid disorder ( including familial hypercholesterolemia) , osteoporosis (epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment), hypovitaminosis D (its impact on musculoskeletal health across the life cycle), secondary causes of bone loss (pathophysiology and treatment) , polycystic ovary syndrome, insulin resistance, endocrine disruptors, and thyroid diseases (including long term management of differentiated thyroid carcinoma). The divisional research also relies on strong collaborations with basic science, public health and epidemiology departments in order to enhance joint cutting-edge research and educational programs. Over the years it steadily increased the number of its research grants and funding both in basic and clinical research.

The AUB Diabetes Program

The mission of the AUB Diabetes Program

With diabetes increasing at an alarming rate across the world, the Arab region and Lebanon we created the AUB Diabetes Program in order to fight diabetes and its complications by paving the way toward a cure through innovative research, innovative approach to clinical care, health promotion, professional training and education.

The vision of the AUB Diabetes Program

Estimates indicate that between 15 and 25% of people in our region are living with diabetes and the number of diabetics will almost triple in the next 25 years. Prediabetes is also on the rise and it is estimated that around 20% of adults in the Arab world suffer from this condition.  Our vision at AUB Diabetes program is not only to help patients with diabetes but also to promote community education on both diabetes and prediabetes and make progress toward a cure through excellence in basic, translational and clinical research

The goal of the AUB Diabetes Program is to

  • Provide state-of-the-art preventive care to people with diabetes by coordinating an institutional, national, regional and international collaborative network to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered, high-quality treatment. It should offer specialty programs in cardiovascular disease, microvascular complications, obesity, insulin pump therapy, childhood diabetes, diabetes and pregnancy, diabetes and aging, hypoglycemia, mental counseling services, sexual function and disorders of the feet.
  • Train motivated individuals to provide outstandingdiabetes care, and to pursue and disseminate clinical knowledge. Patient education should become an integral part of this program—It will include diabetes nurse educators, registered dietitians and exercise physiologists. Specialists will work with patients through a variety of programs and classes.
  • Conduct basic, translational and clinical research to lessen disease impact and work toward diabetes cure. It is important to be able to develop an internationally recognized research center that will lead diabetes research in our region in which the disease incidence and severity are constantly climbing. It would be essential to halt the rise in diabetes complications by bringing the best of the US medical research to our region.
  • Create a platform for prediabetes research & education. It is now established that prediabetes is associated with cardiovascular complications along with complications related to the kidneys, the nerves and the eyes. Our plan is to focus our Phd program on prediabetes and its complications by generating more collaborative studies of shared interest among scientists in Lebanon and abroad. 
  • Increase public awareness on diabetes, prediabetes and their comorbidities
  • Promote a healthy life style among the young and the community at large 
  • Provide personalized nutrition and exercise prescriptions to all our patients

The Calcium Metabolic Osteoporosis Program and Bone Densitometry Unit​

Clinical Care Arm

Provide expert care for patients with various metabolic bone disorders including

  • osteoporosis
  • osteomalacia, and hyperparathyroidism.
  • Provide advice to patients regarding strategies for the prevention of bone loss, treatment of established osteoporosis primary or secondary, the use of HRT as well as counseling on other related women health issues.
  • Available on site is state of the art densitometry measurements of the spine, hip, forearm, total body mineral content and composition as well as instant vertebral fracture assessment .(MORPHOMETRY)

Clinical Research Arm

Revolves around the evaluation of the epidemiology of osteoporosis in Lebanon, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and evaluation and treatment of secondary causes of bone loss.

The Endocrine Research Laboratory that was established in 1970 and is now accredited by the Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme (DEQAS​), and the Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program that was founded in December 1997 and is the center of expertise for metabolic bone disorders. The program received the official designation by the World Health Organization as a “WHO Collaborating Center (WHO-CC) for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disorders” in 2010. 

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