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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

Saturday: 800am - 1200pm
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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
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Endocrinology

Doctor Q&A

388 Answers
214 Agrees
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Some shedding normal: Some shedding is normal but if it seems excessive see your doctor, have your thyroid level checked and diet evalutated and lack of protein can also le... 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Genetics and environ: Diabetes is due to destruction of islet cells in the pancreas which make Insulin and Insulin resistance in the tissues. It is part due to genetics e... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Diet, exercise, meds: Diabetes can be controlled, with portion control/healthy eating, regular exercise and weight loss and medications as indicated and prescribed by your ... Read More
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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 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No difference: Insulin resistance (intolerance) means your tissues do not respond to Insulin very easily and it takes larger amounts of Insulin to overcome this affe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Many problems: If diabetes is not treated whether type 1 or 2 it will eventually lead to organ damage in the eyes, kidneys, nerve damage in the feet and increased ri... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See your doctor : Have your doctor check a 25 oh-vitamin d level. Low vit d can be cause of high pth.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possibly: Spotting can be a symptom of pregnancy so this should be ruled out first. If test negative hormone imbalance, stress or meds can cause this so f/u wi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) when given 5-10 days out of the month is given to help stabilize the uterine lining and counteract the affects of estrog... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Depends: The most common se of victoza (liraglutide) tend to improve after 1-2 wks. If you are just on the starting dose and symptoms are very bad however you... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: Sx of low vit d includes soft bones ( osteomalecia), bone and muscle aches/pains. Sx of low calcium include muscle irritability with twitching and c... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Depends: Which test provides more info depends on what you are looking for. Both are very good imaging tests but at times one is better than the other. Mri's ... Read More
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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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Yes a dermatologist can but any general doctor can prescribe you medicine for the shingles. Once it is resolved you should get the varicella vaccine t... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Try: Try to add healthy sources of protein to diet. Handful of nuts, lean meat, greek yogurt for snacks.
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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 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Hormone imbalance: Not necessarily hashimoto's thyroiditis which is cause of hypothyroidism. This usually results in increase bleeding and heavier periods. Should not ... Read More
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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 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Risky: Not using a condom is risk business, it puts you a risk for a number of sexually transmitted diseases. As far as chronic liver disease hepatitis c can... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Another problem: That sounds like another problem. You could be hyperthyroid and need your medicine dose adjusted or may be another problem, insomnia, mania, medicatio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See endocrinologist: If you think acne is hormonal certain hormones can be checked so consider seeing endocrinologist for eval.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
What are u eating: What does your meal consist of? Is it balance. You might need to increase portion of protein and vegetables. Protein takes longer to digest and make... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Uncontrolled Diabete: If your blood sugar is between 300-400 that means you have uncontrolled diabetes and likely need Insulin to bring the blood sugar down at least for no... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
What was result?: Hga1c <5.7 is nl, 5.7 -6.4 is considered prediabetes and 6.5 or higher is considered in diabetes range.
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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 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: It is safe to take thyroid hormone during pregnancy if needed. The dose is variable and best determined by the doctor based on your blood test results... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Levels tend to gradually increase over time but due increase so should be monitored every 3-6 mths. Also talk to your doctor about doing a biopsy to ... 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 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 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not FDA Approved: What you describe is not fda approved. Although estrogen blockers have been looked at to decrease risk of increased estrogen in men on higher dose te... Read More
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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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
See docotor ASAP: The thyroid would not cause burning in the chest but if large enough could cut off circulation to brain and compress the airway. If you have not done ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Products: Could be the type of soap or cleanser you are using is to harsh and causing irritation. If the doctor examined you and said things looked normal, try... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: Tsh does not change significantly in a week. Both numbers are high and indicate hypothyroidism and difference in the numbers is just likely differenc... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Does not matter: It does not matter when you take vitamin d, sometimes taking after food can help if it causes stomach upset.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Unknown: When was the last time your thyroid was checked. It should be if its been a while. Changes in thyroid level can affect the period but could be othe... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
General doctor: An internist or general doctor can treat you for shingles. Medicine is given to help with pain and make rash disappear sooner. Once shingles has res... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Increased thirst, increased urination, fatigue and hunger but loosing weight can all be signs of uncontrolled diabetes or high blood sugar. See your ... Read More
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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 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Drinking water is good especially if you use it to replace high sugar beverages.
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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 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 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 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Thyroid?: Has your thyroid been checked? If not d/w your doctor about being tested. Thyroid disease can occur during pregnancy. Also have them review any meds ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 18 years experience
DM is prob of sugar: People often refer to dm as I have sugar or my sugar is uncontrolled. Dm is a problem of not being able to process sugar in the blood which leads to ... 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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