Endocrinology
Endocrinology

The human body is fascinating mechanism with many inter-related systems. When any one of them is compromised, so many other systems are affected that it’s difficult sometimes to tell where to begin treatment. When you visit the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens NY, you have access to a variety of experts who understand the body’s inter-relationships. The endocrine system not only supports other systems, but it may also be the source of many disorders. Call an endocrinologist for prevention tips and treatment plans that promote your longevity.

Your endocrine system controls your hormones. A great majority of your body’s functions depend on maintaining healthy glands that secrete hormones regulating your:

At the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY, the entire team of experts within the multi-specialty practice understand the vital role your hormones play in your overall well-being. Your primary care physician or another doctor treating you may refer you to an endocrinologist in the same facility. All the specialists work together for your benefit.

Preventing Hormone Imbalances

There are a number of gland and hormone conditions that you can’t prevent because they’re caused by genetics, aging or complications from birth. But you can take steps during your life to improve the odds that you won’t encounter problems from your endocrine system.

Most of the preventative steps are part and parcel of an overall healthy lifestyle. Consider lifestyle modifications such as:

Eight Vital Glands

When your body doesn’t respond to hormone secretion the way it’s supposed to, you can develop an endocrine disease. You may then require the expertise of an endocrinologist. The eight glands your doctor monitors for clues as to why you’re not well are:

  1. Ovaries/Testes. Often, hormone imbalances are thought to only affect women because the ovaries go through so many natural changes from puberty to pregnancy and menopause. Testes are the glands in men that produce testosterone and sperm.
  2. Hypothalamus. This gland regulates your moods, hunger, thirst, body temperature, sex drive and sleep.
  3. Thyroid. Hormones from the thyroid are associated with your heart rate, as well as how fast you burn calories. It may be the source of obesity and inability to gain weight.
  4. Parathyroid. This gland controls how much calcium is in your body. It may contribute to conditions such as osteoporosis.
  5. Pituitary. This is the master gland that triggers growth. It controls all the other glands in your body.
  6. Adrenal. Your cortisol levels are affected when this gland doesn’t work properly. Cortisol affects both your sex drive and your stress levels.
  7. Pancreas. Since your insulin levels are controlled by this gland, it’s one of the first places your Medex endocrinologist monitors when you have blood sugar issues.
  8. Pineal. This gland produces melatonin, the hormone that affects your sleep.

A disorder in any of these glands can disrupt your life. Some of the common conditions you may develop when hormones go awry include:

Symptoms and Testing for Gland Disorders

Since the number and kinds of conditions that may arise due to a gland disorder are so varied, the symptoms of a hormone irregularity are just as varied. That’s why putting your health in the hands of a team of specialists at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center is so crucial — there’s an in-house endocrinologist available for consultation.

Your doctors may conclude that further tests are in order before coming to a firm diagnosis. You may undergo procedures that confirm a condition or find the source within your endocrine system, such as:

An Endocrinologist on Your Side

The main goal of your endocrinologist is to provide treatment that restores your hormone balance. This is the doctor who advocates for hormone balancing as an integral part of your continued health and regular treatments. An endocrinologist also monitors your progress from an imbalance.

When you get a referral to an endocrinologist, that’s good news, because you may actually be closer to resolving your ongoing medical disorders. At very least, you may find out what’s been the source of your ill health. If you’re interested in talking to an expert about the status of your hormone functions, contact the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY for an appointment today.

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