2400 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, Florida 34237 ~ Office Hours: Mon - Fri - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Services and Programs

Our Services We Provide: Diabetes CareThyroid TreatmentPituitary DisordersWeight Loss ProgramMetabolic Bone Diseasesand More

Sarasota Comprehensive Endocrine Clinic

Our Endocrinology Specialties

Our board-certified endocrinologists provide specialized treatment of diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, pituitary abnormalities and other hormonal dysfunction.

Our endocrinology services include:

  • Osteoporosis and bone disorder treatment
  • Management of thyroid disorders, including nodules and thyroid cancers
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and neck ultrasound
  • Insulin pump management, continuous glucose monitoring and care of Type 1 diabetes
  • Obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus management
  • General endocrinology care, including treatment for parathyroid, pituitary and adrenal disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

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Endocrinology is a specialized area of medicine requiring a highly trained physician such as Dr. Antunes to determine why the body is not secreting hormones as it should. While most hormones are delivered via the blood stream, organs and glands secreting hormones in an abnormal manner are of concern.

Our endocrinology staff diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the endocrine system, most commonly, diabetes and thyroid dysfunction.

Diabetes is a chronic, incurable condition. Our goal is to empower our patients with as much knowledge as possible about this disease, because self-management is crucial for effective, long-term treatment success. We make sure we always take the time to listen to your concerns, provide the education you need to see to and manage your disease so you can leave our offices feeling confident that everything that can be done to help you is being done.

Managing health risk factors can help prevent pre-diabetes and Type 1 or 2 diabetes. We offer one-on-one nutrition counseling and group classes. Your diabetes care program is personalized for your type of diabetes, symptoms, and diabetes-related conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and changes to your vision.

Type 1 Diabetes is also known as juvenile diabetes. In this form of diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is necessary for the body to utilize glucose as energy. Without glucose, our organs will fail.

Advances in medicine have made Type 1 Diabetes a very manageable condition. Our health professionals work closely with patients so that our patients can live long and enjoyable lives.

You can count on us to bring the latest treatments for Type 1 Diabetes to you.

Complications of Type 1 Diabetes are: hypoglycemia ; low blood glucose level;  hyperglycemia ; high blood glucose level; and ketoacidosis, dangerously high levels of acid in the blood. Conditions such as celiac disease, adrenal insufficiency, and thyroid disease can be associated with Type 1 Diabetes. In addition, Type 1 diabetics are at an increased risk of heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and even blindness. Seeking treatment as soon as possible is critical to prevent these complications. Once you do, your  doctor will help you receive the treatment best for you.

Effective treatments include state-of-the-art insulin pumps that eliminate the need for daily injections. A proper diet and exercise plan also contributes to good health.

Type 2 Diabetes is commonly referred to as adult-onset diabetes. It is by far the most common form of diabetes.

The unfortunate news is that millions of Americans have Type 2 Diabetes. The good news is that you can still live a long, fulfilling life if you manage your diabetes correctly and diligently with our help. Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by the progressive deterioration of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, and the body’s inability to respond to insulin (insulin resistance).

Common conditions associated with Type 2 Diabetes include: hypoglycemia , low blood glucose level; hyperglycemia , high blood glucose level, heart disease, high cholesterol; obesity; high blood pressure; the metabolic syndrome; and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

RD stands for registered dietitian. RDs have earned a college degree in nutrition, completed an accredited internship and passed the national boards.

Our weight loss program concentrates on educating you about healthy eating habits for long term management. In addition to shedding unwanted pounds, Our registered dietitian provides tips on how to boost your own body’s metabolism. With a program that is tailored to you, she evaluates possible underlying medical causes and customizes a special meal plan according to your body’s needs.

Insulin can be administered with a vial and syringe, through a pen, or an insulin pump.

Blood glucose readings help you and your healthcare team evaluate how well your current diabetes treatment plan is working for you. Monitoring blood sugars regularly can help assess what part of your treatment plan (diet, physical activity, medication), if any, needs to be changed.

Testing times are specific to your diabetes treatment plan. Please discuss testing times with your physician.

Hypoglycemia means your blood sugar is less than 70 mg/dL. Low blood sugars can be dangerous and must be treated immediately.

The quickest way to raise your blood glucose and treat hypoglycemia is with some form of sugar.  Many people with diabetes like to carry glucose tablets. You can get glucose tablets at any drugstore and at many other stores as well.

Other sources of sugar or simple carbohydrates also work well to treat hypoglycemia, such as fruit juice, hard candies, or pretzels or crackers.  The important thing is to get at least 15-20 grams of sugars or carbohydrates. A food’s nutrition label can tell you how much you need to eat of that food to get enough to treat an episode of hypoglycemia.  To treat hypoglycemia you should stick with something that is mostly sugar or carbohydrates. Foods that have a lot of fat as well as sugars and carbohydrates, such as chocolate or cookies, do not work as quickly to raise blood glucose levels.

Carbohydrates cause a rise in blood sugar. Carbohydrates are found in foods like bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit and fruit juice, milk, yogurt and desserts. Carbohydrates are also found in sweet teas, regular sodas, sports drinks and alcohol.