What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which controls hormones. An endocrinologist deals with diseases that are caused by the imbalance of hormones. Hormones are produced by glands and are sent into the bloodstream to the different tissues in the body, telling the tissues what to do. They control basic body functions like metabolism, growth and sexual development. When there is an imbalance of hormones, diseases can occur. For a more in-depth explanation, click here.


What does an Endocrinologist do?

An endocrinologist is a specially trained physician who diagnoses diseases related to the glands. Endocrinologists treat people who are living with hormonal imbalances, typically from glands that make up the endocrine system. The goal of the endocrinologist is to come up with a treatment that will get the hormones back into balance.

Some of the more common conditions that are treated by endocrinologists are:

Cancers of the endocrine glands
Cholesterol disorders
Lack of growth
Metabolic disorders
Over or underproduction of hormones
Thyroid diseases
Transgender hormone therapy


Helpful Resources

American Diabetes Association

American Thyroid Association

Hormone Health Network

Mayo Clinic

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Thyroid Cancer Website

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

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