What Endocrinologists Do

Endocrinology is a specialty of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones.  Endocrinology covers such human functions as the coordination of metabolism, respiration, reproduction, sensory perception, and movement.  Endocrinology also focuses on the endocrine glands and tissues that secrete hormones.

An endocrinologist diagnoses and treats hormone problems by attempting to restore hormone balance within the body’s system.

What is the endocrine system?  The human endocrine system consists of a number of glands. These glands produce and secrete hormones that control the body’s metabolism, growth, sexual development and function. When the hormones leave the glands they enter the bloodstream and are transported to organs and tissues in every part of the body.

An endocrinologist diagnoses and treats conditions related, but not limited, to:

  • Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational and Cystic Fibrosis related)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Hormone issues (including estrogen and testosterone)
  • Menopause
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Osteoporosis and Metabolic bone disease
  • Calcium metabolism
  • Kidney stones
  • Thyroid disorders including thyroid cancer
  • Parathyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Pituitary disorders