Endocrinology is the sub-specialty of medicine that focuses on the endocrine system, its disorders, and the hormones it produces. The endocrine system secretes hormones to control a variety of bodily functions such as your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, mood, sleep, sex drive, and reproduction. It is made up of several glands including the:
- Ovaries and testes
What is an Endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists diagnose and treat issues involving the over-function or under-function of these glands and the resulting hormone levels in your body. At BASS Medical Group, all of our endocrinologists are board certified in endocrinology and have expert knowledge in treating a wide range of disorders.
Hormones created by the glands of the endocrine system are secreted directly into your blood and carried throughout the entire body. They then interact with different organs, controlling their function. Hormones are essential to almost every organ and system, so imbalances in their levels can cause widespread health issues. These imbalances are usually caused by a gland over-producing or under-producing a certain hormone, or by a tumor growing in or near the gland itself. If you or your primary care doctor suspect that a hormone imbalance is the cause of a health issue, an appointment with an endocrinologist may be appropriate.
At BASS Medical Group, each of our endocrinologists has extensive training in diagnosing and treating many disorders including:
- Cancers affecting endocrine glands or associated with excessive hormone secretion
- Disorders of calcium caused by parathyroid disease
- Excess male hormone in women
- Gestational diabetes
- Hypogonadism (low testosterone) in men
- Menopausal symptoms
- Metabolic disorders
- Polycystic Ovarian Disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodules
Treating Endocrinology Disorders
Our specialists are ready to help treat and manage any of the above disorders using the most up to date practices and technologies. To help them make a diagnosis, they often use laboratory tests to look at the levels of certain hormones and chemicals in your blood or urine. They also use imaging tests to look at different organs in your body. During your visit, one of our endocrinologists may ask that you undergo one or more of the following tests:
- ACTH stimulation test
- Bone density test (DXA)
- Bone related tests such as parathyroid hormone, calcium, and 25-hydroxy-vitamin D
- Continuous glucose monitoring (wearing a sensor for 1-2 weeks)
- Dexamethasone suppression test
- Diabetes blood tests such as Hemoglobin A1C
- Oral glucose tolerance test
- Other tests as appropriate for the endocrine gland being evaluated
- Radioactive iodine scan
- Thyroid blood tests such as Free T4, TSH, and thyroid antibodies
- Thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy
- Thyroid ultrasound
Oftentimes, treatment plans for disorders of the endocrine system require a medication regimen combined with diet and lifestyle changes. Many endocrine disorders are chronic, and at BASS Medical Group our specialists understand the complex issues that long term diseases create, as well as the importance of high-quality patient care. They are here to treat, educate, and work with you to create a plan that is tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle. They will patiently answer any questions you have, and will make sure you well-informed in all aspects of your disease and treatment. To receive quality, professional care please schedule an appointment with one of our board certified endocrinologists, Richard Cherlin, MD or Audrey Arzamendi, MD.