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A medical speciality that deals with the study of the endocrine system, the system of glands that secrete hormones, of the human body is called as endocrinology. An endocrinologist is a doctor who is an expert in glands and the hormones they produce.
Who is an endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in treating disorders related to the endocrine system and the hormones they make. They deal with metabolism, or all the biochemical processes that make your body work, including how your body changes food into energy and how it grows. Endocrinologists can diagnose and treat hormone imbalances in the endocrine organs, which include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes and pancreas.
What do endocrinologists do?
Endocrinologists diagnose and treat conditions that affect your endocrine system, including the adrenal glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They also treat conditions that affect your hypothalamus, pancreas, thyroid, reproductive glands, etc. Endocrinologists treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. The common diseases and disorders of the endocrine system that endocrinologists deal with include diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders.
How to consult an endocrinologist online?
To consult an endocrinologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Endocrinology’ in the search bar to find a list of endocrinologists, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with an endocrinologist.
Can an endocrinologist treat all glands conditions?
Yes endocrinologists treat all kinds of disorders that affect the glands. The most common disorder that endocrinologists treat is diabetes. They also treat thyroid-related and metabolic disorders. Some of the thyroid-related disorders are hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, hypothyroidism while metabolic disorders. Endocrinologists also treat bone disorders such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia.
When should I consult an endocrinologist?
You should visit an endocrinologist if you have experienced a sudden weight gain or significant weight loss in a short amount of time which means you might have an issue with your hormones. A sudden change in mood can also be an indicator that your hormones are out of balance. Rapid fluctuations in weight and mood are often caused by issues with the thyroid or adrenal glands, two primary components of the endocrine system. Overactive or underactive functioning of the thyroid could mean you're suffering from Grave's disease or another issue related to hormone production. A change in adrenal functioning could be an indicator of Addison's disease.
What do we call an endocrinologist in simple words?
Since endocrinologists treat diabetes and hormone-related disorders mainly, they are more often called as diabetes doctors or hormone doctors.
Can I consult with an endocrinologist anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult an endocrinologist anytime. Our endocrinologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best endocrinologist in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best endocrinologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Is video consultation available with all endocrinologists?
Yes, all endocrinologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
What are some of the common endocrine disorders that endocrinologists treat?
Diabetes is the most common disorder that endocrinologists treat. The other disorders that endocrinologist treat are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s syndrome, gigantism, dwarfism, and precocious puberty.
Which glands comprise the endocrine system?
The glands that make up the endocrine system are adrenal glands, hypothalamus, ovaries, parathyroid, islet cells in the pancreas, pineal gland, pituitary gland, testes, thymus, and thyroid gland.
How are endocrine disorders diagnosed?
Endocrine disorders are diagnosed with the help of blood and urine tests which can reveal your hormone levels. To locate a tumour or nodule, imaging tests may be recommended. Based on the results of the tests, you will be referred to an endocrinologist.
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