Meet Dr. Sadia Ali
Endocrinologist in Dallas
Hormones play a crucial role in regulating our most basic bodily functions, including metabolism, reproduction, and growth. When hormone-producing glands aren’t working properly, a number of serious conditions can develop, including diabetes.
UT Southwestern Medical Center endocrinologist Dr. Sadia Ali specializes in treating disorders related to these glands, which include the pancreas and the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
In her roles as chief of Parkland Hospital’s endocrinology and metabolism service and a member of the inpatient glycemic management team, Dr. Ali manages patients with a wide range of hormone-related conditions, both common and relatively rare.
These include Types 1 and 2 diabetes, as well as post-transplant diabetes; thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal diseases; bone diseases (including osteoporosis and osteopenia) related to metabolic disorders; complications of diabetes; steroid hyperglycemia; and thyroid disease in pregnancy.
A comprehensive approach and patient education are vital to successfully managing hormone-related conditions like diabetes and to preventing complications.
“Our team of physicians, nurses, and patient educators work together to help diabetic patients understand the disease and why treatment is critical, the importance of a proper diet, how their medications work, and how they need to take their medications,” Dr. Ali says.
“We teach them how to do check their glucose levels, give themselves insulin injections, and perform other important parts of the diabetes care regimen.”
Dr. Ali also believes in empowering her patients.
“I like to help people learn something new during every visit – to put them in charge of managing their disease and preventing complications,” she says. “Managing diabetes is all about lifestyle, and we try to give patients the skills and the resources they need to do that because they’re the ones who have to live with it every day.
“I tell patients that I’d rather they take care of their diabetes than have their diabetes take care of them.”
Dr. Ali is fellowship trained and American Board of Internal Medicine certified, with subspecialty certification in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.
“I love what I do,” she says. “There’s no better feeling than helping people make positive changes and then seeing the results in terms of their health and quality of life.”