Information about the Endocrine System
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 , 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.
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.
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