What is an Endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The diseases they are trained to treat often affect other parts of the body beyond glands. While primary care doctors know a lot about the human body, for diseases and conditions directly related to glands they will usually send a patient to an endocrinologist.
What Does an Endocrinologist Do?
The glands in a person's body release hormones. Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system or certain types of cancers. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient's body.
- Adrenal disorders
- Osteoporosis and bone health
- Endocrine disorders in children (lack of growth, problems with puberty)
- Heart problems (high cholesterol, triglycerides, high blood pressure)
- Men's health (infertility, testosterone levels)
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid disorders
- Weight and metabolism
- Women's health (menopause, infertility, some menstrual problems)
Most of the work performed by an endocrinologist serves as the basis for ongoing research. Some endocrinologists work solely as research physicians. The goal of the research is to come up with new ways to better treat hormonal imbalances, including the development of new drugs.