Dr. Meriden is a specialist in
Diabetes, Thyroid, Metabolism, & Hormones,
as well as
& Adrenal glands.
Diabetes Program is a
unique one and the approach
that we take is
comprehensive. It involves Diabetes treatment, teaching
and education. Carbohydrate counting is an
innovative approach that we use in meal planning.
Monitoring your own blood sugar and taking charge and control
of your diabetes is equally important. We use CGMS continuing glucose monitoring (IPRO) over several days to evaluate, analyze and recommend the best management course for diabetic patients. We also use various insulin pump therapies.
We are a certified insulin pump center. Every effort
will be made to make you treatment easier and simpler if
possible. In addition, we are equally concerned about
any possible diabetic complications that you might have
developed. We will perform the necessary diagnostic and
therapeutic procedures whenever possible, to help treat,
alleviate, or prevent these problems which usually
include eye changes, nerve damage, foot pain & numbness,
ulcers, kidney & heart problems, hardening of the
arteries, circulation problems or Atherosclerosis. We
also utilize certified Diabetes educators CDE and dietitians
who are associated with our center.
On the right,
Dr. Meriden is performing a fine needle
aspiration biopsy under ultrasound guidance
on a patient with a thyroid nodule.
Thyroid & Metabolism Clinic
of IL is focused
on the diagnosis and
treatment of patients with overactive or under active
thyroid as well as thyroid nodules, goiter and cancer.
- Obesity & overweight is
a concern to Dr. Meriden since obesity significantly
increases the risk of Diabetes, high blood pressure,
arthritis and cancer.
We have several weight loss
programs, including the nationally know Nutrimed Program
for the treatment of this problem. Each program will by
custom tailored according to your needs. The degree of
weight loss varies from 1 to
5 pounds a week
depending on the program. A specialized computer
analysis of your metabolism can be made individually to
determine your nutritional intake and needs including
Micro-nutrients and minerals.
receives special attention and our effort to
reduce or prevent it will be made through the use of
special diets, as well as medication.
- High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure are particularly important to
treat effectively and early, since both problems
constitute significant risks for hear disease. Treatment
usually includes medication, diet, exercise, weight loss
and education. Emphasis will be on medications that do
not cause sex problems, tiredness or drowsiness.
disease prevention and treatment are also of
interest to Dr. Meriden.
- In addition,
Dr. Meriden has special interests and expertise in a
variety of other problems relating to hormones including
erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, menstrual irregularity,
risk prevention and other health care issues.
We cannot prescribe new medication or treat patients by mail
or by phone. We kindly request that you make an appointment
for proper evaluation and treatment.
All refills need to
be made during office hours.
Our lab is located in our office to perform the most
commonly used tests. This is to serve you better and to
cause you less inconvenience going to several different
locations. However, some tests or x-rays might have to by
done at your local hospital. Dr. Meriden or his staff will
advise you of that when necessary. If you wish your tests to
be done at a specific hospital, please let us know. Lab
tests are, of course not included in the office fee. If your
first visit is in the morning, please come fasting (nothing
to eat or drink after 8 p.m. the previous day). If you have
Diabetes, however, you may eat and take your insulin as
Payment & Insurance
Most patients have medical
insurance. If you are not sure what your insurance will
contact your insurance agent in advance. We expect payment at the
time the service is rendered. Your bill is your
responsibility. However, for lab tests and procedures, our
staff will be happy to assist you in filing your insurance,
but we feel that your insurance policy is contract between
you and your insurance company and we cannot act on your
behalf if you are not satisfied with your insurance payment.
The fee schedule for office visits does not include tests,
or procedure. If you are concerned about these fees,
please check with our staff before these services are given.
The charge for the first few visits is usually higher than
the routine follow-up visits. We accept cash, checks and