What is an Endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a doctor who has studied the endocrine system and its diseases. These physicians know how to diagnose the diseases of the endocrine glands, and also how to treat them. Because they specialize in these conditions, which can be complex and have hard-to-spot symptoms, an endocrinologist is your best advocate when dealing with hormonal issues.
What do endocrinologists do?
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in your system. They take care of many conditions including:
- Thyroid Diseases
- Metabolic Disorders
- Over- or Underproduction of Hormones
- Cholesterol (Lipid) Disorders
- Lack of growth (short stature)
- Cancers of the Endocrine Glands
Endocrinologists also conduct basic research to learn the way glands work, and clinical research to learn the best methods to treat patients with a hormone imbalance. Through research, endocrinologists develop new drugs and treatments for hormone problems.