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Endocrine glands secrete hormones that play important roles in complex processes throughout the body, including metabolism, blood glucose levels, bone density, sex drive, and fertility. Endocrinologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of hormonal imbalances to restore the normal balance of these chemical messengers. A special area of practice in endocrinology is lipidology, which encompasses the diagnoses and treatment of conditions and disorders caused by imbalances or excess levels of fatty, waxy substances called lipids, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
  
Examples of endocrine glands and their hormones:
 
Thyroid gland: located at the front of the neck, this gland regulates overall metabolism.
 
Parathyroid glands: these four glands located behind the thyroid control calcium levels.
 
Adrenal glands: two of these glands are located at the top of each kidney. They secrete substances that regulate salt levels in the blood, blood pressure, kidney function, and overall fluid concentrations in the body.
 
Neuroendocrine glands in the pancreas: these glands secrete hormones involved in controlling blood sugar and overall glucose metabolism, and help control other endocrine cells involved in the digestive process.
 
Pituitary gland: this gland at the base of the brain secretes hormones that control the activities of other glands, including the thyroid, ovaries, and adrenal glands.
 
We take a multi-disciplinary team approach to endocrinology, offering comprehensive treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. We offer endocrinology services for the treatment of:
  • Cancers of the endocrine glands
  • Cholesterol (lipid) disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotestosterone (hypogonadism)
  • Infertility
  • Lack of growth (short stature)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overproduction or underproduction of hormones
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid diseases

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