Glen Arden Endocrinology Specialist Clinic has two locations – one at Mt. Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre and the other at Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore. The clinic is headed by Dr. Ben Ng Jen Min and Dr. Richard Chen, both specialists in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Andrology.
The clinic offers a wide array of medical services for Diabetes Mellitus including Management of Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, Retinal Screening, Foot Screening, Insulin Pump Therapy, and Insulin & GLP-1 analogue therapy.
The clinic also provides management services for thyroid disorder and thyroid cancer, ultrasound assessment of thyroid glands, and ultrasound-guided fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules.
For patients with male-specific health problems, the clinic provides an assessment of testosterone status, treatment of low testosterone and management of problems related to erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity.
As both the leading doctors and staff of Glen Arden Endocrinology Specialist Clinic are fluent in English and other languages, the clinic has become an ideal location for international patients who seek medical consultation and treatment for the above-mentioned conditions.
Driven by his desire to improve the quality of life of people living with long-term health disorders, Dr. Ben Ng Jen Min has dedicated his life’s work to the treatment and continuous management of endocrine disorders. He specializes in the treatment of diabetes mellitus and is a respected authority in early-stage treatment of Type 1 diabetes, intensive insulin therapy, and continuous glucose monitoring systems. He combines his knowledge and skills with the latest technologies in thyroid ultrasound and needle biopsy to successfully and accurately diagnose and manage autoimmune thyroid diseases as a way to make a lasting difference in his patients’ lives.
Adrenal Gland Assessment
The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system that are found close to the kidneys and are responsible for creating steroid hormones such as cortisol that work closely with adrenaline. Just like other glands that secrete hormones, balance is essential for these glands, and if there’s disruption, adrenal-related conditions can occur such as Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, adrenal cancer, and adrenal fatigue. Certain genetic and congenital deformities can also cause the glands to malfunction. An assessment is needed for the treatment and management of these conditions. Tests can include blood exams to determine the levels of cortisol, DHEA, and adrenal hormones (adrenal fatigue test), as well as hormone tests, nuclear scans, and urinalysis.
Andrology is a branch of medicine that deals with male health. It is often compared with and is described as the equivalent of gynecology, which is the medical specialty involving female health. It focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of conditions and health issues that affect the male population including but not limited to andropause, male infertility such as erectile dysfunction or impotence, hormones like testosterone, metabolism, cancer such as prostate and testicular, and kidney dysfunctions. It also covers diet, fitness, nutrition, and overall male health.
Specialists at Glen Arden Endocrinology Clinic offers a service designed to continuously monitor the glucose level in diabetic patients for up to 72 hours. This involves using FDA-approved continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that tracks the blood sugar levels for three days, collecting readings automatically every five minutes. It detects patterns and trends that help specialists get a clear picture of your condition. This information will be used to customize your treatment plan, making it more efficient and effective.
An electrocardiogram is a simple and quick diagnostic examination to diagnose certain heart conditions such as angina (chest pain) by tracking the electrical activity of the organ and converting the signals to line traces that are later interpreted by a cardiologist. In this procedure, electrodes connected to the EKG machine are attached to the chest area while the vital signs are monitored throughout the process. While breathing normally, the machine starts to receive the electrical impulses coming from the electrodes. After the test, the electrodes are removed, and the complete assessment is discussed during the next appointment with the cardiologist.
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
A fine needle aspiration of the thyroid is performed to obtain samples from the thyroid nodules to rule out or confirm cancer. During the procedure, the nodule or cyst is first located either through touching or by using ultrasound. Once it’s found, a very fine needle, smaller than the one used in drawing blood is inserted into the nodule, rocking it to obtain as much sample as possible. The procedure is often repeated until enough sample is collected. Pressure is then applied to the nodule to control bleeding. The sample is then sent to the lab, and the results are interpreted and discussed on the next patient's visit.
Patients who are suspected of having diabetes, pituitary disease, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, adrenal disorders, or testosterone and androgen abnormalities are encouraged to consult a diabetes and thyroid care specialist. During your first consultation, the specialist will obtain information on your medical history, lifestyle, and the medications that you’re currently on. A physical assessment will also be performed as well as routine diagnostic tests in order for the specialist to make an accurate diagnosis. Depending on your condition and unique circumstances, the first consultation can last up to an hour.
If you have undergone procedures at Glen Arden Endocrinology Clinic such as Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA), you will be instructed to return within a week for the results. The specialist handling your case will release an official medical report containing details of the procedure and the results. During the same meeting, your treatment or management options will also be discussed.
Other Endocrine Problem Management
Patients suffering from various endocrine problems such as Osteoporosis, obesity, calcium disorders, high cholesterol, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and hypertension may seek treatment from Arden Endocrinology Specialist Clinic, which specializes in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. Treatment and management options, which include medications, lifestyle changes, and even surgery, will depend on the diagnosis, your unique circumstances, your overall health, and the severity of your condition.
Pituitary Gland Assessment
The pituitary gland is very small, comparable to a pea, that is found at the base of the brain. Despite its diminutive size, it’s considered as the control center of all the glands in the endocrine system since it helps determine the amount of stimulation the brain should provide for every gland. It also secretes growth, thyroid stimulating, follicle stimulating, and adrenocorticotropic hormone. Assessment of the pituitary gland therefore involves conducting tests measuring the levels of these types of hormones. These examinations involve imaging tests like magnetic resonance (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), blood tests like IGF-1 and growth hormone, radioimmunoassay, and function test for the anterior pituitary lobe function test.
After your first consultation, your diagnosing physician at Glen Arden Endocrinology Clinic will decide if you have to come back for a follow-up or second consultation. This is required if certain diagnostic tests were performed which results will be discussed with you on your next visit. Depending on the results of the tests, your second consultation may include a discussion of all your options when it comes to treating or managing your condition. Typically, your options include taking medications, making lifestyle changes, and in severe cases, surgical operation.
Thyroid management refers to a program of treating and monitoring thyroid health and conditions including but not limited to hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Grave’s disease, and Kawasaki’s disease. It also involves the procedures that are performed to cure or treat thyroid cancer. Some of the most common treatments are hormone replacement therapy, supplementation especially of iodine, and surgery such as thyroid removal, and nutrition. Diagnostic exams, meanwhile, refer to different hormone tests and fine needle aspiration for thyroid biopsy. A person with issues on the thyroid should seek medical assistance from an endocrinologist since the thyroid glands, which are found in the neck area, are part of the endocrine system