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.
An Endocrinologist is a specially trained medical professional who is qualified to diagnose and treat medical conditions that affect endocrine glands. They also diagnose and treat hormonal imbalances in the endocrine glands that consist of the thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, testes, pancreas, and pituitary.
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:
Hypothyroidism occurs in about 1 in 4,000 newborns. It may be transient for a few days or a few hours. It occurs due to the intake of antithyroid drugs by the mother during pregnancy. The majority of neonatal hypothyroidism leads to permanent hypothyroidism.
An Endocrinologist can diagnose and treat the following medical conditions and disorders:
Yes, an Endocrinologist can diagnose and prescribe the appropriate medication for osteoporosis. Most of the females whose age group is above 50 may suffer from osteoporosis. This occurs after menopause in females due to the decrease in estrogen levels. If the symptoms cannot subside then the Endocrinologist will refer to the orthopedic consultant for advanced therapies.
If an individual is diabetic or prone to diabetic, then one should follow nutritional recommendations such as:
Yes, increased calcium levels in the body are harmful. This leads to kidney stone formation, disabilities of bone, pancreatic tumors, and constipation. The average amount of calcium intake should be 1,000 mg per day for women below 50 years and men below 70 years.