Endocrinology

Treatment & Management of Hormone Disorders

The endocrine system is the management center for your body’s hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that play a major role in many bodily functions. Because hormones play so many different roles in the body, it may take some time for your primary care provider to suspect that an endocrine disorder is responsible for your medical problems. Once they do, however, they will likely refer you to an endocrinologist right away.

Diagnosing an Endocrine Disorder

In many cases, your doctor will need to order a lab test in order to confirm an endocrine disorder treatment. Symptoms of endocrine orders can greatly differ, and many of them are similar to unrelated medical problems. A lab test can measure your hormone levels or identify an abnormal growth one of the endocrine glands. It can also confirm the diagnosis of an endocrine disorder your doctor suspected, but lacked the information to make a definitive call.

Conditions Treated by Endocrinologists

The goal of an endocrinologist is to restore hormone balance in the body. Conditions that can signify a hormone problem or serve as the source of your endocrine disorder include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Infertility
  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Abnormal puberty
  • Heart problems
  • Obesity
  • Abnormal hunger, thirst, or body temperature

Treatment Options

There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for endocrine disorders. Because there are so many different glands that make up the endocrine system, treatment will vary depending on where the gland is located and what kind of problem it is causing. For many of the less serious endocrine disorders, such as anxiety, fatigue, and appetite issues, medication is often used to treat the problem. Patients with more serious problems such as a tumor growth on a gland may require surgery to remove the abnormality.

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