Endocrinologists are doctors who specialise in issues and conditions relating to the endocrine system, the group of glands which produce hormones regulating metabolism, growth, development, sexual function, sleep, and mood, among many other important aspects of the body and human function.
What conditions does an endocrinologist treat?
The endocrine system is made up of several glands all around the body, which all secrete hormones into the blood. These glands all have different functions, having different effects on the body. Endocrinologists treat conditions related to these glands and the hormones they secrete. These glands include the pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, testes, ovaries, and adrenal glands. Some common reasons for referral to an endocrinologist include:
Diabetes specialists may be referred to as a diabetologist, and specialists in neuroendocrinology may sometimes be referred to as neuroendocrinologists.
When should you see an endocrinologist?
Your GP may refer you to an endocrinologist if they suspect you have some sort of hormone condition, as endocrinologists as specialists study hormone conditions, disorders, and thyroid conditions in great depth, meaning they are able to provide you with specialist help and care. Endocrinologists often see patients who find that traditional or conventional treatment of endocrine disorders has not worked so far with them, and it is an endocrinologist’s job to have thorough knowledge of the latest developments in endocrine disorders – an area in which understanding is constantly developing.