The endocrine system is a complex group of glands. Glands are organs that make hormones. These are substances that help to control activities in the body. Different types of hormones control reproduction, metabolism (food burning and waste elimination), growth and development. Hormones also control the way people respond to their surroundings, and they help to provide the proper amount of energy and nutrition a body needs to function. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones. A primary care doctor
will make a referral to an endocrinologist when a patient has a problem within the endocrine system.
Endocrinologists Take Care of Many Conditions Including:
• Thyroid diseases
• Metabolic disorders
• Over or underproduction of hormones
• Cholesterol (lipid) disorders
• Lack of growth (short stature)
• Cancers of the endocrine glands
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