Endocrinology Services Questions and Answers
Endocrinology is a specialized service that is not offered in many clinics, but it is a common over-looked issue that many miss. If you are looking for endocrinology services in Delray Beach FL, visit Personal Physician Care today! For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
What is endocrinology?
Endocrinology services are the study of medicine in relation to the endocrine system which is the system that controls hormones in your body.
Endocrinologists are trained specifically to diagnose diseases related to the glands. Due to these doctors specializing in these conditions, which are complex in nature and offer hard-to-spot symptoms, an endocrinologist is your best advocate when dealing with any hormonal problems.
What diseases does an endocrinologist treat?
Our endocrinologists specialize in treating specific disorders of the endocrine system, which is the network of hormone-producing glands found in your body. Endocrinologists are specifically qualified to diagnose and treat conditions like diabetes, thyroid diseases, infertility, growth issues, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer, and disorders in the hormone-producing adrenal glands and pituitary glands.
Disorders and diseases can originate anywhere in your body and end up causing symptoms in your endocrine system. When problems in other areas of your body impact your endocrine system, an endocrinologist will help to work in tandem with your primary care physician or other specialists to come up with a specific treatment plan tailored to you and your needs.
What are the symptoms of endocrine disorders?
Endocrine glands are organs found in your body that specialize in regulating your body. The functions they help with include growth development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, and mood.
Each endocrine disorder found has its own set of signs and symptoms. These various signs and symptoms depend on what type of hormone the endocrine gland secretes and the body functions that the hormone regulates. The most common symptoms found in many endocrine disorders though are fatigue and weakness. Other symptoms may also include weight changes (like weight gain or weight loss), blood glucose level fluctuations, abnormal cholesterol levels, and mood changes as well as many others.
A few common endocrine disorders that are commonly diagnosed include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Cushing’s disease
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia
- Precocious puberty
Endocrine disorders are diagnosed after matching your signs and symptoms up with your blood test results and including your hormone levels. The main cause of endocrine disorders is usually a disturbance in the feedback system, however, a few more causes may include:
- Genetic disorder
- Poor lifestyle choices
- Injury to the endocrine gland
- Tumor of the endocrine gland
- A lot of stress
- Changes in the blood’s fluids
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Pregnancy (can trigger some endocrine disorders like thyroid and diabetes)
What 3 diseases can affect the endocrine system?
Endocrine disorders are normally grouped into two main categories:
- The endocrine disease that results when a gland produces too much or too little of an endocrine hormone which is called a hormone imbalance.
- Endocrine disease due to the development of lesions in the endocrine system, which may or may not affect your hormone levels (like nodules or tumors)
The diseases that mainly affect the endocrine system include:
The hormonal disorder develops when your pituitary glands produce too much growth hormone during your adult years.
- Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease
The disorder occurs when the adrenal glands do not make enough of a certain hormone. These can include cortisol, sometimes also called the “stress hormone”, which is essential for life.
- Cushing’s Syndrome
Your body has too much of the cortisol hormone over time. Too much cortisol can cause some of the most common Cushing syndrome signs including fatty hump between your shoulders, rounded face, pink or purple stretch marks on your skin. This syndrome can also result in high blood pressure, bone loss, and sometimes type 2 diabetes.
- Cystic Fibrosis
Is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs in your body. This can affect the production of mucus, sweat, and digestive juices.
- Graves’ Disease
Graves’ disease is an immune disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones like hyperthyroidism.
- Hashimoto’s Disease
Your immune system starts to attack your thyroid, which is a small gland at the base of your neck. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which helps produce hormones that coordinate many of your bodily functions.
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