Dr. Terri Washington

Endocrinology
Elmhurst, IL
18 years experience female

Locations

Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Obesity, Inc

Elmhurst, IL

Address

1200 S. York Rd, Suite 3150, Elmhurst, IL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 830am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(708) 345-2224

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Obesity, Inc

Oak Lawn, IL

About

Bio

I am a board certified endocrinologist. I enjoy clinic time, connecting with patients. I strive to accurately diagnose and treat challenging endocrine cases from comprehensive diabetes management to pituitary disorders and various hormone abnormalities

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Endocrinology

Doctor Q&A

388 Answers
214 Agrees
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possible: Fatigue is common post-partum due to lack of sleep and new demands but post-partum thyroiditis if fairly common and can lead to hypothyroidism or unde... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See your doctor: When was your thyroid level last checked? If it is off, it could lead to infertilitly. If wnl then you and your partner should see a fertility specia... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Many: Hyper(overactive)thyroid causes heat intolerance, sweating, weight loss, tremors, heart racing/palpitations, hair loss and muscle weakness to name a f... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
NO: Diet pills should not cause thyroid disease but some of the side effects of those meds can be confused with symptoms of thyroid disease. Discuss risk... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
> 2: 2000mg is usually the highest dose given. Above that people are likely to experience more side effects with out added benefit.
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A female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possible: You should discuss with your oncologist and gynecologist but what steps are required after hysterectomy depend on how advanced the cancer is when it i... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Ask: Ask if your kidneys have been checked for protein loss in the urine. This is an early sign of damage.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
D/w doctor: Vaginal estrogen cream is usually the treatment of choice for women who have only vaginal dryness, if other symptoms occur then systemic hormones with... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
You can look up ex: Example of low glycemic foods and diet can be found on the internet such as sites like diabetes.Org (ada website) under food and fitness.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: If hgh is not needed to treat a deficiency or short stature it can cause serious side effects. These include joint pain, enlarged heart, htn, high bl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Cardiovascular exer: You can not spot train to loose weight, in order to loose stubborn belly fat you have to loose weight all over and doing regular cardio workouts like ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Dehydration: Risk include dehydration, loss of nutrients, diarrhea. Dumping syndrome usually results when high osmotic load such food from stomach meets mid intest... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Insulin: Dm is problem with insulin. Type 1 is a complete lack of Insulin so oral medications don't work. Type 2 is relative Insulin deficiency but not compl... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Glycemic index: This is measure of how quickly a food will raise the blood sugar when eating. Fruits like bananas, grapes and watermelon have high glycemic index and... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: Bone density is separate issue from being overweight. Typically people who weigh more tend to have normal bone density unless they have diabetes as s... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possible: Having a thyroid level either too high or to low can lead to irregular periods. Thyroid medicine itself doesn't cause this but if dose is off it is po... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Eat right: Best thing you can do is eat a a variety of mostly fruits and vegetables daily. But vitamin e can be good for the skin as well.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Caused by abnl gene: Fh is caused by a gene mutation that leads to defective LDL (cholesterol) receptor so that the liver does not recognize chol is around and produces to... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
If: If diabetic: get blood sugar levels in normal range & have thyroid checked to prevent miscarriage or defect.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Type: Type 1 dm is not preventable it is autoimmune disorder but it can be successfully treated.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Different causes: Could be different things such as endometriosis or cysts causing pain and pressure, vaginal dryness can also make intercourse painful. Best to be eva... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Strength: Strength training should not be done daily. Muscles are broken down during and need to recover.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
How: How much exercise is required to lose weight? Generally 5-6x/wk, 60 min at a time.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Several: Dm can lead to a number of complications less commonly dupytren's contracture of the hands, various rashes such as necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum,... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Those are sympt: High pulse and feeling cold are symptoms which may or may not be related to the thyroid. Find out your levels. High TSH indicates hypothyroidism whi... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: The size of your tumor are not large enough to recommend surgery without them producing too much hormones. You say salt is low, have the adrenal horm... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Different hormones: Dhea is a precursor hormone to testosterone and estrogen. Dht stands for dihydrotestosterone and is made from testosterone and mediates some of its af... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See your doctor: Clay colored stools could be a sign of something involving the pancreas so you should be evaluated by a doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See you doctor: You should see you doctor for evaluation. This may be a sign of something more serious. Hiccup can occur then the diaphragm gets irriated such as s... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Could be dehydration: A number of things can cause this, dehydration, low blood sugar or low blood pressure from dehydration or medication. You should be evaluated by your ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Need to be checked: This could be hereditary or could be a sign of another disorder. It can be due to excess hormones called androgens. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a c... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Many options: Typically the testosterone gels applied once daily have are best at increasing and stabilizing levels. However there are newer applications such as ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Regular: Regular exercise. Get a pedometer & walk 10, 000 steps daily. Helps with weight loss and lowers sugar.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Several things : Hot flashes, decreased concentration, hair loss, weight gain and fatigue are some common symptoms of menopause. If you suspect it have your doctor tes... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Any form of DM gives: Sx including increased thirst, increased urination, stomach pain if severe enough, blurred vision, numbness and tingling in the feet and lower legs wh... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Ignore: Wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes and the vitamin biotin is good for hair and nails.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Being nervous and stressing can lead to hair loss. Lack of movement not likely but certain restrictive diets may also contribute to hair loss.
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A female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possibly : While and neck MRI may show a nodule or enlarged thyroid the most accurate test for detecting thyroid gland abnormalities is a thyroid ultrasound. It... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Protein and weights: Make sure you are eating plenty of protein and do strength traing with weights. 8-10 reps of exercise for 3 sets and rest at least one day in between... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: It is possible with diet, exercise and weight loss to come off Insulin if one is a type 2 diabetic.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not common: Often pancreatic cancer does not have symptoms until it is advanced and when the pancreas is damaged enough it can lead to diabetes but diabetes is co... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Nature vs Nuture: Type 1 dm can be genetic and is thought to be related to viral infection. Risk of type 2 dm are also family hx but especially being overweight, diet, ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See your doctor: You should see a gynecologist for evaluate. Could be a number of things. Fibroid tumor, endometriosis, hormone imbalance and pregnancy should be ruled... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Probably: You maybe perimenopausal and the periods came become irregular, less often, more frequent or even heavier during this time. See you doctor, they can ... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Several things could lead to memory loss. First have you doctor review your meds to make sure none of them are causing your sx. If not meds long-term ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Medication reaction: This could be a side effect of a medication or a reaction between medicines. Your mother should see her doctor and have her medicine list evaluated a... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Ask: How much fruit is too much? Because, although fruit is healthy, it causes blood sugar to increase.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Ask: Ask your doctor how many grams of carbs per meal you should consume. Low carb not equal to no carb.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not many: First find out why hrt is not recommended. Is there a contraindication like blood clot or severe endometriosis. If not it actually is recommend for ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Could be diet: If you lost weight due to calorie restriction or following a vegetarian diet you may not have enough intake of protein which can lead to hair loss. I... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jul 24, 2013
excellent endocrinologist and an asset to Healthtap
Nov 9, 2013
Very precise and accurate responses.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Washington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have been to Doctor who put me on birth control to see if if will stop the bleeding. She has not informed me of next steps yet. Thank you!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Terri. I had a diagnosis after a quick drop in weight within a month. I suppose my HBS has not been with me long since my earlie readings were fin
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much. I will be seeing my VA Dr. Soon so I will talk to him about this. Thank

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago, Stricth School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

University of Illinois Hospital

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Melrose Park, IL - Winter
2013
Top Endocrinologist, First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, Melrose Park Region, IL - Summer
2013

Publications

A case of hypercalcemia associated with Castleman disease
Determinants of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D and bone mineral density in young physicians
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