Endocrinologist: When to Visit and What to Expect?
Definition and Overview
The branch of medicine that deals with hormone-related diseases is known as Endocrinology. An Endocrinologist diagnoses and treats endocrinology diseases such as hormone problems and complications that tend to arise from them. Hormones facilitate regulation of metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception, and movement. Hormonal imbalances are the underlying reason for a wide range of medical complications and conditions. Endocrinology focuses on both the hormones and the several glands and tissues that produce them.
The Endocrine System
The human endocrine system consists of several glands that release hormones in order to control numerous functions. When the hormones leave the glands, they enter the bloodstream and are transported to organs and tissues located in every part of the body.
Some of these glands are:-
Who is an Endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists cover a lot of ground diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the adrenal glands, bone metabolism, pancreas, parathyroids, etc. An endocrinologist performs several endocrinology tests such as ACTH Stimulation Test, Bone Density Test, CRH Stimulation Test, etc in order to accurately determine the illness and prepares a treatment plan accordingly. They also have training and specialization to diagnose and treat endocrinology diseases such as hormone imbalances 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 are generally concerned with diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders.
List of various endocrinology tests performed by these specialists include:-
When to Visit an Endocrinologist?
You may want to consider visiting an Endocrinologist if:-
What are the Common Diseases Treated by an Endocrinologist?
What are the Common Procedures Done by an Endocrinologist?
Education and Training
To become a certified endocrinologist, a doctor must go through extensive training of five & a half years in M.B.B.S from a medical college. After graduation/M.B.B.S, a post-graduation degree in internal medicine for 3 years is necessary, which is followed by a super specialization degree in Endocrinology.
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.