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 specially trained clinicians 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 pancreas, adrenals, ovaries, testes, pituitary, and thyroid can be treated by an Endocrinologist. Endocrinology is a field in biology and medicine that deals with the endocrine system.
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:
Some of the common conditions treated by Endocrinologists are:
Diabetologists are specialists who provide diagnosis, treatment, and management to patients with early or severe stages of diabetes. Endocrinologists provide diagnosis and treatment for medical conditions that affect all the glands and hormonal imbalances in the endocrine system.
You can consult Endocrinologists either online or offline. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, pre-booking may be required for consultation.
It is recommended to consult an Endocrinologist once every year to get an update on the health of the endocrine system. In case you have an existing disease or condition of the endocrine system, it is advised to have regular follow-ups with the Endocrinologist.