Overview

Endocrinology is the study of hormones, which are essential for every-day survival. They control our temperature, sleep, mood, stress, growth and more. Hormone problems can contribute to a variety of diseases including, diabetes, thyroid conditions and more. 

Information about the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.

The endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testicles.

Hormone levels that are too high or too low indicate a problem with the endocrine system. Hormone diseases also occur if your body does not respond to hormones in the appropriate ways. Stress, infection, and changes in the blood's fluid and electrolyte balance can also influence hormone levels.

The most common endocrine disease in the United States is diabetes, a condition in which the body does not properly process glucose, a simple sugar. Hormone imbalances can have a significant impact on the reproductive system, particularly in women. Another disorder, hypothyroidism, occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs.

Why Visit an Endocrinologist?

Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the body’s glands. The diseases they are trained to treat – including diabetes – often affect other parts of the body as well. While primary care doctors know a lot about the body, they may refer you to an endocrinologist for treatment for specific conditions.

Endocrinologists know the latest and best possible treatments for hormone-related disorders, even beyond conventional treatments. He or she will work closely with your primary care doctor to take care of your condition as best as possible.

Our Endocrinology Specialties

Diabetes Care Metabolism Care Thyroid Care
Why Choose Mercy Health?

Mercy Health has a team of doctors and registered dietitians who specialize in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and other endocrinology disorders. Our skilled doctors and clinicians will help you manage your condition in a way that allows for an active, healthy life. Find an endocrinologist near you today.

Common Conditions

Diabetes
Thyroid conditions
Metabolism issues
Reproductive issues

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