A lot of people are unfamiliar with the medical field of endocrinology. This gives way to a swarm of questions about what the endocrine system is, how it functions, what endocrinologists do and why endocrinology matters for your health. Let’s try to tackle some of these questions.
What is Endocrinology?
In short, endocrinology is a field of medicine that deals with hormone-related diseases and disorders. A person’s hormones, and the organs that produce those hormones, all fall under the umbrella of endocrinology.
What is Included in the Endocrine System?
Endocrinology pertains to many different organs located all over the body, such as the:
- Pituitary gland
- Pineal gland
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid glands
- Adrenal glands
- Thymus gland
Each of these organs (all glands are considered to be organs) play a vital role in your health. In fact, this system handles complicated processes such as how your heart beats, how your body transforms calories to energy, and much more.
So, as you can imagine, the endocrine system can prove especially problematic if it is not functioning properly.
What Kinds of Endocrine Diseases Are There?
Diseases and disorders of the endocrine system are general broken into two broad categories:
- Diseases that are the result of an overproduction of hormones.
- Diseases that are the result of an underproduction of hormones.
These hormone complications can be caused by a number of different sources, some of which are absolutely unavoidable such as a genetic disorder.
Diseases and disorders of the endocrine system are much more common than you may think. Many people are unaware of this, but diabetes is actually an endocrine disorder, which affects millions of people worldwide.
What is the Job of an Endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. This is not always an easy task, as hormone fluctuations can manifest themselves in a wide variety of vague symptoms such as fatigue or weight loss.
Most often, endocrinologists manage cases pertaining to:
In order to properly diagnose a patient, an endocrinologist will ask many questions about symptoms that the individual may or may not be experiencing. Some endocrine disorders can cause symptoms in an area of the body that is entirely different than the area where the defective organ is located, making a patient’s symptoms incredibly important.
How Re-Vita Life Can Help
If you suspect that you have an endocrine disease or disorder, or if you have reached a dead end with other providers who are unable to offer you answers to questions about your health problems, please contact Re-Vita Life today to speak with one of our endocrinologists.
To schedule an appointment, please call (856) 262-4750.