What is an Endocrinologist?

Not all doctors specialize in the same areas. Some physicians focus on very specific areas of health, such as an endocrinologist. 

So, what exactly does an endocrinologist do? The short answer is that an endocrinologist is a doctor who focuses on conditions related to the endocrine system. This means that endocrinologists can offer more specialized care for people dealing with diseases and disorders related to this system and any impacts they have on the human body.

Image of a Cleveland endocrinologist.

What is the Endocrine System?

The endocrine system plays a major part in your body. The endocrine system is made up by a collection of glands that produce the various hormones in a person’s body. In addition to glands, the endocrine system includes the pancreas, ovaries, and testicles.

Without the endocrine system, your body wouldn’t receive the chemicals and information necessary for important body processes. This includes important functions ranging from growth and development to reproductive functions. 

How Can an Endocrinologist Help Me?

Certain imbalances and conditions can throw off the normal balance of hormones in your body. An endocrinologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hormone imbalances and other health issues directly and indirectly related to the endocrine system.

One of the most common diseases an endocrinologist treats is diabetes, which is caused when the pancreas is unable to properly produce insulin or has trouble effectively using the insulin that is created. Another common issue is a hormonal imbalance that leads to thyroid disorders. Other common diseases and disorders include:

  • Menopause
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Excessive growth or lack of growth
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol

Cleveland Endocrinologists that Care for You

At Westshore, our endocrinologists work to develop a treatment plan for any issues involving your endocrine system. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with one of our Cleveland endocrinologists today. 

Dr. James Myers, M.D.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

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