Endocrinology studies the glands that produce hormones and their related disorders. An imbalance in hormones, which releases chemicals throughout the body, is an underlying cause for numerous conditions and can affect a person’s health in many ways. Millions of people in the United States suffer from some type of endocrine disorder.
Common endocrine conditions include diabetes, thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, growth and development deficiencies, and heart problems. This can lead to problems associated with a person’s weight, metabolism, sleep, infertility, respiration, digestion, mood, and more.
Physicians diagnose and manage patients’ symptoms and diseases and restore the body’s hormone balance by formulating a treatment plan for their condition.