What Does an Endocrinologist Do?
An endocrinologist is a specialist of the endocrine system, an expert in diagnosing & treating hormone imbalances, and also trained in internal medicine.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. The endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries (in females), and testicles (in males). In general, a gland secretes materials (hormones, mostly) usually into the blood for use somewhere in the body. The endocrine system affects almost every organ and cell in the body. Although the hormones circulate throughout the body, each type of hormone is targeted toward certain organs and tissues.
Conditions For Which You Should See An Endocrinologist Include:
- Thyroid disorders
- Blood pressure
- Metabolism, weight, and obesity disorders
- Bone disorders (like osteoporosis or osteopenia)
- Adrenal disorders
- Parathyroid disorders
- Pancreatic disorders
- Pituitary disorders
- Hypothalamic disorders
- Dysfuntion of the reproductive glands
For more information, browse the extensive list of endocrine disorders we treat: