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Endocrinology deals with problems in the endocrine system--a system of glands that make hormones. These hormones help control many different functions in the body, such as the rate of metabolism, bone health, growth and reproduction. Hormones also coordinate nutrition within the body. The endocrine glands include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus. Endocrinologists can recognize and uncover hormone problems and help restore the body's natural balance.
Control your disease; do not let it control you! Recent advances in the understanding of what leads to diabetes and its complications have radically changed the way in which patients with diabetes are treated. The goal of comprehensive diabetes care is to enable patients with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives. With the help of your primary care provider, we will accomplish this goal by creating an individually tailored comprehensive treatment plan designed to prevent complications, slow down the progression of existing complications and help the patient gain an in depth understanding of their disease. If your diabetes is controlling you, ask your primary care provider if seeing an Endocrinologist is right for you.
The thyroid is a gland that controls your overall metabolism. Thyroid disease comes in many different forms. It may be overactive, underactive, have single or many nodules, or just be enlarged. Thyroid disease tends to run in families. The American Thyroid Association recommends that adults be screened for thyroid dysfunction by measurement of the serum TSH, beginning at age 25 years and every 5 years thereafter. Have you had your thyroid examined recently?
Osteoporosis occurs when the mass in your bones decreases to a point that the risk of fracture increases. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone mineral density testing for all women aged 65 and older, for younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors, or if they have suffered a fragility fracture. Recent studies suggest that men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer should also have their bone mineral density checked. Vitamin D deficiency, hyperparathroidism, or Paget's disease of the bone can also affect how strong your bones are. Speak with your primary care provider about your bone health.