1. Who is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a medical professional specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of hormone-secreting (endocrine) glands in the human body. He is trained to treat disorders of thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, etc. that produce hormones.
2. For what symptoms can I consult an endocrinologist?
You can meet an endocrinologist if you notice symptoms of hormone-related diseases like sudden weight loss or gain, acne, facial hair in women, infertility, feeling too tired easily, severe hair loss, feeling too cold or too hot, change in voice, etc.
3. What diseases does an endocrinologist treat?
The endocrinologist can treat diseases of like hypo or hyper-thyroidism, reduced or excess insulin production, gigantism, dwarfism, Cushing's syndrome, hypo or hyper-pituitarinism, PCOD, infertility, etc.
4. What training is needed to be an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist has to take at least 10 years of training, which has 4 years of medical school (MBBS), followed by a residency period of 3 years to gain expertise in treating the patient. They have an additional 2 or 3 years of training in endocrinology (MD or DM).
5. Can an endocrinologist treat PCOD?
An endocrinologist or a reproductive endocrinologist who is specialized in sex hormones can treat and help in managing PCOD.
Endocrinologists are the medical professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat medical conditions that affect the glands and hormonal imbalances in the endocrine system. Diseases related to organs like pituitary, ovaries, thyroid, adrenals, testes, and pancreas can be treated by an Endocrinologist.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an Endocrinologist:
If an individual is suffering from any of the hormonal imbalance diseases or endocrine gland diseases or medical conditions, then he/she should visit Endocrinologists once every 3 months or as directed by the doctor. However, a healthy person can visit Endocrinologists once every 6 months.
An Endocrinologist can diagnose and treat the following diseases:
Apart from the above medical conditions, there are many other diseases that can be treated by an Endocrinologist.
Yes, Endocrinologists can diagnose and treat diabetes. They help diabetic patients in managing and learning all about diabetes. They also provide medications and suggest lifestyle modifications to control diabetes.
Obesity can be caused by either hormonal imbalance or metabolic problems. Obesity can cause thyroid, adrenal, ovarian, and pituitary disorders. Endocrinologists can diagnose and treat obesity with the help of lifestyle modifications, physical exercises, diet changes, and medications.
Endocrinologists diagnose and treat endocrine disorders with the help of therapeutic drugs and lifestyle modifications. Endocrine surgeons are the ones who can perform surgeries to treat and cure endocrine disorders.