What is endocrinology?
Endocrinology is a branch of medicine focused on the endocrine system. The endocrine system comprises of glands which regulate your hormones.
Who may benefit from seeing an endocrinologist?
If you have any of the following conditions, you may benefit from seeing an endocrinologist:
- Adrenal Conditions
- Bone Disorders
- Parathyroid Conditions
- Pituitary Conditions
- Thyroid Conditions
If I have one of the above conditions, do I need to see an endocrinologist?
Many of the disorders can be managed by a primary care provider. If your initial testing suggests an endocrine disorder, your primary care provider may refer you to an endocrinologist.
I have weight gain, hair loss or fatigue. Do I need endocrine testing?
Weight gain, hair loss or fatigue from an endocrine condition is exceedingly rare. If you are concerned, testing can be performed by your primary care provider. If testing is negative, then an endocrine referral is usually unnecessary.
How do they screen for endocrine disorders?
- Blood test — Most endocrine conditions can easily be detected with routine blood tests that can be performed by your primary care provider.
- Genetic testing
- Urine testing
I think I have a thyroid condition, but my tests are normal. What does this mean?
The best and most accurate test for the thyroid is a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test. If this test is normal, it is unlikely that a thyroid condition exists.
Do I need a referral to see an endocrinologist?
Your primary care physician can help you decide whether an endocrine evaluation is necessary.
Do endocrinologists see all ages?
Adult endocrinologists see ages 18 and up
Do any of your endocrinologists prescribe natural or armour thyroid?
The endocrinology team follows well researched and evidence-based guidelines. Natural thyroid and/or armour thyroid is not recommended, and therefore our endocrinology team does not prescribe these.
Do any of your endocrinologists prescribe supplements or gland “boosters” or remedies advertised as “natural”?
Since none of these are tested or approved by the FDA, our endocrinology team does not recommend them. The effectiveness and safety of these substances are unknown and can potentially interfere with your own system or other medications you are taking.