What Does an Endocrinologist Treat?
An endocrinologist is a medical doctor who is specially trained in the field of endocrinology, which focuses on hormone-related disorders. These specialists diagnose, evaluate and treat diseases that affect hormones and the glands that create them. Humans produce more than 50 hormones that each play crucial roles in keeping delicate bodily systems in balance, from regulating metabolism and growth to facilitating reproduction and sensory perception.
Some of the most common conditions that endocrinologists treat include:
- Diabetes (types 1 and 2)
- Adrenal disorders, including Conn’s syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism) and Cushing syndrome
- Cholesterol disorders
- Addison’s disease
- Metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis
- Disorders related to sex hormones
- Parathyroid disease
Many of these disorders require highly specialized and lifelong care. Endocrinologists often work hand-in-hand with primary care physicians and other specialists as necessary to help patients effectively manage their conditions and achieve the best quality of life.
Do I Need to See an Endocrinologist?
Endocrine disorders can produce a wide array of symptoms depending on the glands they impact. Symptoms can range from subtle to debilitating and can affect virtually every system in the body. The following are just a few symptoms are that are associated with endocrine disorders:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Depression, irritability and other mood changes
- Frequent urination
- Weight gain in the upper body
- Joint and muscle pain
- Nausea and digestive problems
If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should promptly speak with your primary care physician. He or she may refer you to an endocrinologist for specialized care after carefully evaluating your symptoms, medical history and possible risk factors for endocrine diseases.
Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center Community Care
Tufts Medical Center Community Care is a multispecialty medical group in north suburban Boston that includes a team of highly experienced endocrinologists. Working hand in hand with primary care physicians and other specialists within our expansive physician network, our endocrinologists provide comprehensive, lifelong care to patients with a wide array of hormone disorders. Furthermore, our convenient locations and better-than-average appointment availability make it simple to find the right endocrinologist close to home.
As a clinical affiliate of Tufts Medical Center and a part of MelroseWakefield Healthcare, our practice is equipped with the resources and expertise necessary to provide world-class care to our patients. One such example is our diabetes self-management program, which is certified by the American Diabetes Association and gives patients access to well-rounded treatment, supportive care and education.
Contact Tufts Medical Center Community Care today to learn more about our approach to endocrinology or referral process. One of our professionals will be happy to direct you to the best physician for your needs and answer any questions you may have.