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What is an Endocrinologist?

Your hormonal levels are a precisely controlled by a series of glands in your body called the endocrine system. These chemical messengers can have a profound impact on anything from your apatite level to emotional stability. To help with any disorders with the endocrine system, you may need to see a professional known as an endocrinologist. That’s where the staff at the Endocrine Associates of West Village comes in.

Endocrinology FAQ

To assist with any questions, you may have regarding the endocrine system and its functioning, we have provided some answers to frequently asked questions that you may have.

Q:What is an endocrinologist?

A: An endocrinologist is a medical professional who specializes in hormonal glands and the hormones that they produce in the body.


Q: What is the endocrine system?

A: A series of eight major glands that produce and distribute chemicals (hormones) that regulate bodily functions. This includes communicating the feeling of hunger throughout the body.


Q: What are the major endocrine glands?

A: The endocrine system consists of eight major glands that are located all throughout the body.

  • Hypothalamus (located in the lower central part of the brain)
  • Pituitary gland (located beneath the hypothalamus)
  • Thyroid gland (lower front neck)
  • Parathyroid glands (embedded in the thyroid gland)
  • Adrenal glands (on top of each kidney)
  • Pineal gland (middle of the brain)
  • Reproductive glands (located in the scrotum and uterus)
  • Pancreas (located in the back of the abdomen)

Q: What do diseases does an endocrinologist treat?

A: Any disease that affects the glands. This includes diabetes and hyperthyroidism.


Q: What are some common endocrine disorders?

A: Some diseases that an endocrinologist may treat are diabetes (type 1 and 2), Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal insufficiency, Cushing’s disease, and Thyroid cancer.


Q: Who needs to see an endocrinologist?

A: People who have been diagnosed with any types of hormonal or thyroid condition.


Q: Can an endocrinologist help you lose weight?

A: Endocrinologists can help to alleviate weight issues caused by metabolic and hormonal problems, such as thyroid and adrenal disorders, such as Grave’s Disease.


Q: Why would you need to see an endocrinologist?

A: You are demonstrating symptoms of an endocrine disorder that requires addressing, such as diabetes or weight gain caused by pituitary disorders.


Q: What are some causes of endocrine disorders?

A: Two of the most common causes of endocrine disorders are when a gland produces to little or too much of a hormone, or a lesion develops on one of these glands.


Q: How are endocrine disorders tested?

A: Your doctor will refer you to an endocrinologist, where they may order blood or urine test that will help determine your hormone levels. Imaging test may be required to assess the location of a tumor or lesion.


Q: How are endocrine disorders treated?

A: Generally, synthetic hormones are administered to correct an imbalance in the system and reduce symptoms. In the case of tumors or other random growths, surgery may be needed.


Q: Can pregnancy cause thyroid issues?

A: Yes. Certain pregnancy related hormones, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen can increase thyroid levels. In some cases, this can lead to hyperthyroidism.

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