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Dr. James Chu

Endocrinology
Monterey, CA
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Monterey, CA

Address

Monterey Endocrine & Diabetes Institute, 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, B-200, Monterey, CA
Directions

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

Cigna

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About

Bio

Current positions include: director of the Monterey Endocrine Diabetes Institute, the medical director of the Diabetes Nutrition Therapy Program at Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, as well as affiliated Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, San Francisco. I am a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, and have published peer-reviewed articles in such journals as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, Diabetes, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and others.

Specialties
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Endocrinology

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

127 Answers
1 Agree
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Humalog (insulin lispro) lasts ~4 hrs: Lantus (insulin glargine) is basal Insulin that works slowly over ~24 hrs to control fasting (non-meal) glucose. Humalog is fast-acting mealtime Insul... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Hypoglycemia symptom: The most common cause of low blood sugar or glucose is from use of diabetes medication --insulin or sulfonylurea. When blood glucose is <60 mg/dl (thr... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
High sugar risks: High uncontrolled sugars during pregnancy, whether in type 1 or 2 or gestational diabetes can cause many problems for baby and mother. Pregnant mothe... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Specialized care: An endocrinologist who is board-certified is specially trained and qualified to help treat patients who have disorders of hormones and metabolism. The... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Changes in hormones: Several studies show that the pre-menstrual interval (3-7 days before period) may be associated with higher blood sugar levels in insulin-requiring wo... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Consider shingles?: The earliest symptom of 'shingles' or reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (previously caused chickenpox) ---is severe pain along a nerve path (... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on location: The thyroid gland resides at the base of the neck on both sides of the trachea (cartilage-encased breathing tube). The neck lymph nodes that can swell... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Possibly diabetes: When someone with diabetes mellitus has blood sugar levels over 180 mg/dl, the kidney loses sugar into the urine, which in turn draws out excessive fl... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Several causes: Hyperhidrosis is the condition in which a person excessively and profusely produces sweat. This can be uncomfortable emotionally and physically. Some ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Normal sugar levels: For children and non-pregnant adults, normal blood sugar (glucose) level is considered <100 mg/dl in fasting morning state, and <140 mg/dl after a me... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Possibly: Both hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause erectile dysfunction (impotence). The condition of low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) is more likely to do so... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Too much dairy: A condition called 'milk alkali syndrome' results from excessive intake of milk over long periods of time. This leads to high blood calcium, leading t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Not usually: The leading causes of Addison' disease in the US are: autoimmune; metastatic cancer; bleeding into adrenal glands; infectious infiltration (such as tu... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
May threaten life: Myxedema coma is a life-threatening condition in which a patient has long-standing (usually unrecognized) hypothyroidism that is exacerbated by an acu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Maybe GI pain: Addison's disease, or primary adrenal gland insufficiency, is a condition where the adrenal glands don't make enough cortisol, aldosterone, and adrena... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Yes to both: Thyroid dysfunction --- either too much thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) --- can disrupt the male or female reproduct... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Not quite same: Farsightedness, or hyperopia, typically is diagnosed in children, who may end up outgrowing this problem. Occasionally they will need correctsive lens... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Fruits in moderation: To help patients control gestational diabetes, experts recommend checking 1-hour post-meal sugar levels. If after eating pomegranates (or other fruits... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on items: Povidone iodine (betadine) is found in several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) as a strong antiseptic, used to prevent bacterial... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Complex disease: Gestational diabetes (gdm), like type 2 diabetes, are related metabolic conditions with strong inherited genetic tendencies --- but multiple genes are... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
OI collagen disease: Osteogenesis imperfecta (oi) is a congenital disorder of collagen (important component of bone). Oi is present at birth, and leads to repeated fractur... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on cause: A goiter, or enlarged thyroid, may be associated with either hypothyroidism (hashimoto's disease, iodine deficient), or hyperthyroidism (toxic nodules... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Not usually related: Gout is related to high uric acid levels causing joint pains and swellings. Low calcium is usually due to kidney disease, parathyroid disease, or medi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Genetic + lifestyle : Polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos is a condition that shows irregular periods, excessive androgens (male hormones) and metabolic disorders (type 2 o... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
High sugar risks: High uncontrolled sugars during pregnancy, whether in type 1 or 2 or gestational diabetes can cause many problems for baby and mother. Pregnant mothe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Usually 1-2 hours : Checking blood sugar after meals gives important information on the effects of your food choice on your sugar levels, as well as the effectiveness of ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Oral and injectable: Type 2 diabetes is due to Insulin resistance (inability to drive glucose into muscle and fat), lack of insulin, excess glucose from liver, et al. Most... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Autoimmune thyroid : Elevated levels of thyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-tpo abs) and elevated levels of anti-thyroglobulin antibodies are seen in autoimmune thyroid di... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Metformin cause gas?: Metformin, a commonly used diabetes medication, causes gastrointestinal discomfort (nausea, gas, diarrhea, bloating) in 20-30% of people. Most people ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on problem: 3 categories of potential health issues from thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyr... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
High thyroid can: Excess thyroid hormone, or hyperthyroidism can lead to many body changes, including increased metabolism/heat production, tremors, fast heart rate and... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Treat high thyroid : Graves' disease is condition in which an enlarged hyperactive thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone, thereby causing weight loss, fast heart r... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Hormonal, metabolic: Polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos is a condition that shows irregular periods, excessive androgens (male hormones) and metabolic disorders (type 2 o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Insulin resistance?: These 3 symptoms are all non-specific and can be seen separately in many conditions. But, women with Insulin resistance syndrome and pcos, can show hi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Hormonal, anatomic: Secondary amenorrhea refers to absence of menstruation, after previous onset at normal age. Anatomic exam and scans (ultrasound or ct) can assess for ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Treat hyperthyroid: There are 3 treatments for long-term hyperthyroidism (graves' disease, and toxic nodular goiter) : medications as ptu (propylthiouracil) or methimazol... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Three more remaining: There are four parathyroid glands situated in the neck, behind the thyroid gland -- two on left and two on right, usually a few centimeters apart. Th... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Yes, due to estrogen: Estrogen causes certain cells in the pituitary gland called lactotrophs to increase production of the prolactin hormone. High levels of estrogen natu... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on medicines: There are different types of diabetes rxs. Depending on which particular rx was taken excessively -- a person may have later risks of low glucose (hyp... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends on problem: 3 categories of potential health issues from thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyr... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Insulin deficiency: People with type 2 diabetes have both resistance to Insulin (inability of Insulin to cause muscle and fat to take in glucose), as well as varying degr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Many places in world: Novorapid (insulin aspart) is the brand name for Insulin aspart, a rapid-acting Insulin medication, manufactured by novo nordisk. In the United States... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Various supplements: Clinical research has shown that several supplements, including chromium, magnesium, lipoid acid, vanadium can improve the body's response to insulin.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Only prolactinomas: A cystic lump seen in the pituitary region on a MRI scan may represent one of several different types of growths: a cystic pituitary adenoma, cranioph... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Right usually larger: On ultrasound studies, the vast majority of people have a slightly larger right thyroid lobe (half) as compared to the left lobe. This is related to ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Large thyroid lumps: A 'goiter' refers to an enlarged thyroid gland. A multi-nodular goiter is usually diagnosed on an ultrasound scan when many lumps or 'nodules' are see... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Not usually: Tsh or thyroid-stimulating hormone, is made by pituitary gland to control thyroid hormone production by thyroid gland. Tsh level is useful to detect o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Hashimoto's disease?: A very common thyroid condition, known as hashimoto or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis -- is when the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Anemia or low BP?: Lightheadedness and fatigue can arise from many conditions. In young women, heavy menstrual bleeding can cause anemia (low red blood count) that show... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Dyspareunia : Estrogen deficiency in menopause causes vaginal skin dryness and thinning -- can cause pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) and light bleeding. Some ... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
I think I may be diabetic from these symptoms should I be tested as last time I wasn't but these symptoms I am experiencing! Thanks for that
HealthTap member
I already was aware of this but I've got two lumps under my nipples which I was told was estrogen and they say its not enough to operate on
HealthTap member
Thank you Dr. Chu. I appreciate your advice. I wish I was forewarned by my dr. about how long the process will take.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Salinas, CA - Winter
2013
Top Endocrinologist, Second Place, California - Winter
2013
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