What Does an Endocrinologist Treat?

Reviewed on 2/9/2021

What Is an Endocrinologist?

Endocrinologists treat diseases of the endocrine system: glandular disorders characterized by fluctuations in hormone levels.
Endocrinologists treat diseases of the endocrine system: glandular disorders characterized by fluctuations in hormone levels.

An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones. Endocrinologists work to help correct hormonal imbalances in the body.

The glands and organs of the endocrine system release hormones that regulate important functions in the body. Endocrine glands include the: 

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pineal body
  • Pituitary
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroids
  • Adrenals
  • Pancreas
  • Testes 
  • Ovaries

Hormones released by these glands work in the body to help regulate: 

  • Blood sugar control
  • Growth and development 
  • Metabolism  
  • Regulation of heart rate and blood pressure
  • Sexual development and function 
  • Reproduction 
  • Mood 

What Does an Endocrinologist Treat?

Endocrinologists treat individuals with hormone disorders such as:

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Growth disorders
  • Lipid disorders
  • Metabolic abnormalities
  • Obesity or Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD)
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Sexual function and reproduction
  • Thyroid dysfunction 

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Reviewed on 2/9/2021
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