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Dr. Richard Shewbridge

Endocrinology
Medina, OH
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Medina, OH

Address

4087 Medina Road, Suite 400, Medina, OH
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About

Bio

Dr. Shewbridge is a certified (American Board of Internal Medicine) endocrinologist in Medina, Ohio. He is a staff physician with the Cleveland Clinic, with clinical privileges at Medina Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital. Dr. Shewbridge has been in clinical practice of endocrinology since 1996. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine (MD in 1988). His residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism took place while in the United States Air Force (1988-1996). Dr. Shewbridge is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association.

Specialties
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Endocrinology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

123 Answers
100 Agrees
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Not a problem.: This is a non-sexual response to either sensations from the bladder or contact with the diaper. In itself, nothing to worry about!
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Only you know.: What's 'very tired-acting' to you is something only you know for sure. Discuss it further with your doctor if the problem persists.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Not severe.: This degree of TSH elevation denotes significant but not particularly severe hypothyroidism. Your initial dose of synthroid (thyroxine) may be a bit ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
The top number: Is referred to as the systolic blood pressure. This is the maximal pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, sending a wave of blood coursing ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's for bones.: Calcitonin is a hormone in our bodies which helps regulate calcium levels. It is producd in c-cells (appropriately enough!), which are scattered thro... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Unknown.: Unfortunately, the reasons for nodule development in the thyroid gland are not well understood.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Very accurate.: Saliva cortisol test is great for finding out if you are overproducing cortisol. Collected at midnight (assuming a normal sleep/awake pattern), saliv... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
28 days later!: I assume you are referring to NovoLog Insulin flexpen, which is a product that dispenses NovoLog Insulin when a pen needle is attached to the pen. Ke... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Liothyronine is T3 (liothyronine): Liothyronine is the generic name for tri-iodothyronine, (t3 (liothyronine)). It is considered the active form of thyroid hormone, although all cells c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Pain or no pain!: Most commonly, thyoriditis is silent (no symptoms), and may cause an overactive or, eventually, underactive thyroid condition which can cause symptoms... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's complicated!: Patient born with poor testosterone action, so a male patient is female-appearing, and is usually raised by the family as a female. Big changes at pu... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Only if untreated.: It would be rare to pass away from graves disease or hashimoto disease, as these diseases are easy to diagnose and treat in this era. Very rarely, if... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
More exercise!: Increasing your activity level will provide multiple benefits in this situation: increased metabolism, cardiovascular benefits, and stress reduction. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Not really.: Stevia is a plant extract which is an artificial sweetener (food additive, not a medication). Using this to sweeten foods and drinks instead of sugar... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Diabetes pill.: Diabeta is a brand of the medication glyburide. It is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. It is available as generic Glyburide (lower in cos... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
This level is low!: This vitamin d level is very low. Vitamin d not only helps your body absorb calcium much better, it also affects your muscle and core strength. We d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) info: Thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) is a trade name for a t4/t3 combination form of thyroid hormone. While T4 gives a smooth onset of action which ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
See a specialist.: There are many causes of premature pubertal development. You should take your daughter to a pediatrician for a physical exam. There may be need for ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's not like that.: Adrenaline (epinephrine) is produced in your adrenal glands and is an important signaling molecule in your autonomic nervous system. The word autonom... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Less than 200: Try to keep daily cholesterol intake less than 200 mg per day if you have high levels of cholesterol in your blood.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Phytoestrogens.: These are plant based creams or supplements which have estrogen-like molecules. It's probably best to avoid them if you have er-positive breast cance... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Blood tests.: There are several tests done on the blood which can point to problems related to pancreas inflammation (amylase, lipase levels; for example).
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Not necessarily.: If the problem persists, see a gynecologist or family physician about the problem. An exam and some simple blood tests (including a pregnancy test) ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It depends.: Sometimes, diabetes insipidus (inability for the body to hold onto water due to the lack of or inaction of anti-diuretic hormone (adh)) is temporary a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Thyroid hormone.: Elevated TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels almost always mean that the pituitary gland is unsatisfied with the level of thryoid hormone in the ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's not a statin.: Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by no more than 18% or so, which is relatively weak compare... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
In moderation: Sweet and low (saccharin) has been proven safe after some earlier concerns. I enjoy this artificial sweetener in iced tea!
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
No special changes.: No need to alter your diet for hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy balanced diet like you normally should.
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
See a gynecologist: This degree of menstrual bleeding after that long an absence of any periods could signal a serious abnormality in your uterus. I urge you to have a g... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
2-5 days.: Synthroid (levothyroxine) has a very long half-life. Levels start to rise in a few days, but take 5-6 weeks to reach a plateau.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Generally, yes.: Novolin Insulin is very similar to humulin insulin. These are human insulins such as nph, regular, and mixtures of these. Novolin n and r are inter... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's unknown.: Bpa (bis-polyphenols) are increasingly suspected as being molecules which can affect the endocrine (hormonal) and potentially other systems in our bod... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Great question.: Your glucose levels can be affected by your circadian (day/night) rhythm. When you are waking up, certain hormones are active to help your body get r... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It depends!: You should discuss this with your personal physician. Generally, a fasting reading is valued because it speaks to how your sugar level is after a per... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Fairly low!: If you are a male with type 1 diabetes, your chances of having a child who will get type 1 diabetes is about 7%. If you are a female with type 1 diab... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Likely to soothe.: Aloe vera is well-known for its skin-soothing proprerties. Give it a try.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Monitoring necessary: When properly dosed (following the igf-1 blood test at regular intervals), growth hormone replacement should not have unpleasant side effects. Howeve... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Good genes, activity: Kids who are physically active (and most kids are) expend a tremendous amount of energy. Snacking is not a problem for these kids, especially if they... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Yes!: Specifically, type 2 diabetes. Anywhere in the world where a "western diet" (high in carbohydrates and fat) has been introduced, rates of type 2 diab... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
No.: Dhea is a by-product of adrenal gland metabolism, unrelated to thyroid gland status.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Adrenal problem.: Hyperandrogenism refers to excessive male hormone levels in female patients. Some of the hormones produced in the adrenal glands are mild androgens, ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
None, early on.: Early in diabetes onset, the glucose elevations are mild and without symptoms. As glucose levels get higher, patients experience more frequent urinat... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's not like that.: Adrenaline (epinephrine) is produced in your adrenal glands and is an important signaling molecule in your autonomic nervous system. The word autonom... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
No relationship.: No direct effect of increased sugar intake on sperm quality.
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Other issues.: It's important that your hypothyroidism is correctly treated. Your doctor should check this at least yearly. You may also have a condition unrelated... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It depends.: If relatively healthy and you have a ready supply of fluids to drink, you can get along but will be progressively losing weight and be hounded by insa... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Blood tests.: There are several tests done on the blood which can point to problems related to pancreas inflammation (amylase, lipase levels; for example).
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Looks good!: Your vitamin d level is normal. If the test you had was the 25-hydroxyvitamin d level, this reflects your vitamin d storage. No need to take more. ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Yes: Forty minutes is plenty of time to wait. What's important is a casual routine to how you're dosing yourself. I use the word casual to mean that you ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It's not like that.: Adrenaline (epineprhine) is a neurotransmitter (chemical which helps nerves communicate). It's release comes from nerves which are part of the autono... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shewbridge is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shewbridge is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for answering so quickly. He gets really frustrated and I didnt know if that contributed to this or not. It has only happened about 3 times in our relationship of almost 5 years. Your answer...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Por que es mejor la levotiroxina t4 que la t3 en pacientes que han tenido cáncer de tiroides
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Thanks for your quick reply. But there is no burning or odor or discomfort whatsoever. I don't think it is an std

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1988MD

Affiliations

Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute
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