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ENDOCRINOLOGY

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Endocrinology

Our Endocrinology Division can help get your system in balance

Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with the endocrine system, which controls the hormones in your body. Endocrinologists diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the endocrine system, including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, infertility, cholesterol problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity and more.

The hormones in your body all have particular jobs to do. There are up to 40 different hormones circulating in your blood at any time. Once released into the bloodstream, a hormone travels throughout the body until it reaches its specific destination(s) to perform its function. These destinations, called targets, can be located either on other endocrine glands or on other organs and tissues in the body.

It is complex, which is why it takes a specialist

Hormonal function is like a balancing act. Too much or too little of one hormone can have an impact on the release of other hormones. Often the body itself can fix these imbalances because it has built-in mechanisms to keep track of and respond to any changes in hormone levels to bring them back to normal and restore the balance.

Sometimes, however, this system goes wrong and there can be a problem that the body can’t fix itself. In this case, a primary care physician will refer you to an Endocrinologist, who is an expert in treating frequently complex (and often chronic) conditions which can involve several different systems within the body. That’s where we come in. Our endocrinology team will provide testing and treatments to balance your system and help maintain that balance so you will feel relief and have your quality of life restored.

Endocrinology

Related Conditions

Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic conditions that affect the way the body processes blood sugar, the cause of which varies by type, including Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, and Prediabetes.

Thyroid dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction is a term for any condition caused by too much too little thyroid hormone in the blood, which prevents the thyroid from functioning normally. This includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Obesity or Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease

Obesity, or Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD), is a chronic disease with a high prevalence rate defined by the pathophysiologic impact of excess weight on the body. Treatments vary depending on cause, but are primarily concerned with long-term management.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones of the body to lose their density over time, become brittle, and may eventually break following a fall or sustained impact. Older women, especially those past menopause, are at the greatest risk.

Adrenal disorders

Adrenal disorders, such as Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease, are caused by an overproduction or underproduction of hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. These disorders can have a negative impact on overall health, both physical and emotional.

Lipid disorders

Lipid disorders are characterized by high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides in the bloodstream. Over time, this can lead to plaque buildup in the blood vessels, or atherosclerosis, restricted blood flow, heart disease, and stroke.

Metabolic abnormalities

Metabolic disorders are diseases responsible for disturbances in the metabolic process, such as the breakdown of food, and the absorption of nutrients.

Growth disorders

A growth disorder is an interruption of the expected attainable growth of a child or adolescent. This can be caused by various hormonal abnormalities, genetic issues, and metabolic disorders.

Sexual function and reproduction

Sexual function is the body’s expected response to sexual stimuli and activity.

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