What are the Most Common Endocrine Disorders?
posted by Endocrinology | August 17, 2017
The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and release hormones. These hormones are in charge of several functions in the body, from heartbeat to tissue growth to the creation of new life.
Each gland in the endocrine system serves a specific purpose, and even a small issue with one or more of these glands can interrupt the careful balance the body strikes with these hormones—this is called an endocrine disorder.
The causes of endocrine disorders are grouped into categories:
Specific causes of hormone imbalance may include:
If you have an endocrine disorder, you’ll be referred to an endocrinologist. Tests here can include blood and urine tests to check hormone levels, and imaging tests may be done if a tumor or nodule needs to be located.
If you have symptoms of an endocrine disorder, speak to your doctor or endocrinologist for a testing and treatment plan.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.