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1. Who is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a physician who is specialized in the treatment of diseases caused by imbalance in the secretion of hormones of endocrine glands , there may be excess secretion of hormones (hyper secretion) or there may be decrease in secretion of hormones (hypo secretion).
2. For what symptoms can I consult an endocrinologist?
The symptoms for which you can consult an endocrinologistmay be: amenorrhea, sudden weight gain, polyuria (increased urine frequency), swelling over neck, giddiness,weight loss,insomnia,infertility, menstrual disorders,alopecia (hair loss),hirsutism (excess facial hair in females), melasma (pigmentation over nose and cheeks).
3. What diseases does an endocrinologist treat?
An endocrinologist treats diseases caused by hormonal imbalances likediabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian disease, infertility, growth hormone related disorders like dwarfism and gigantism, hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism, metabolic disorders, hypopitutarism andhyperpitutarism and few cancers related to hormonal imbalances.
4. What training is needed to be an endocrinologist?
The training needed to become an endocrinologist is that of DM endocrinology for three years after completing post graduation in general medicine or internal medicine and clearing super speciality entrance test. Only MBBS doctors can specialize to become endocrinologists.
5. Can an endocrinologist treat PCOD?
Yes an endocrinologist can treat Polycystic ovarian disease by hormonal therapy after testing for levels of follicular stimulating hormone (FSH), Leutinising hormone (LH), and ultrasonography of abdomen .