Endocrinologist Frequently Asked Questions
What is an endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are specialists who diagnose and treat conditions that often result from hormonal imbalances produced by your endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for controlling several of your body’s important functions, including:
Your endocrine system is also made of several hormone-producing glands:
- Adrenal glands — regulate your metabolism, immune system, stress, and more
- Pituitary glands — regulate growth, reproduction, and blood pressure
- Hypothalamus — balances appetite, body temperature, and weight
- Thyroid — tells the body’s cells how much energy to use and regulates metabolism
- Pineal Gland — produces melatonin, helping with sleep
Endocrinologists treat many conditions that affect hormone production in your body, which can lead to the following conditions:
In addition to these conditions, an endocrinologist will also help if you’re experiencing issues with bone and growth disorders, including osteoporosis, hyperthyroidism, growth hormone deficiencies, and more.
Endocrinologists will perform several procedures to help you manage your condition. In the event you need surgery, your endocrinologist will refer you to a surgeon who specializes in your condition.
Some common endocrinology procedures are:
- Diet management — nutrition and weight-loss treatment
- Counseling — nutritional lifestyle advice
- Exercise guidance — weight-bearing and cardiovascular activities
- Medications — hormonal therapy, insulin, and more
- Surgery Referral — weight loss surgery and cancerous tumor removal
In most cases, your visit to an endocrinologist starts with a referral made by your primary care physician when hormonal imbalances are believed to be the cause of your condition. Some of the most common reasons to visit an endocrinologist include:
- Tingling in your hands and feet
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Vision problems
- Intense fatigue
- Sudden difficulty concentrating
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, an endocrinologist can help by creating a treatment plan that gives you the knowledge and resources needed to manage your condition.