Health Care and Endocrinology

Your Best Health Care: Health Care and Endocrinology

Health Care and Endocrinology

You may
have heard the word Endocrinology used in a sentence by a health care
professional, like your family physician or someone that has had to visit an
endocrinologist, but not really know what it is or what part of your body is
the primary focus for this type of medical need.
is
a specialty of medicine; some would say a sub-specialty of internal medicine,
which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones.
Endocrinology also focuses on the endocrine
glands and tissues that secrete hormones, and it
is a branch of
biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its
specific secretions known as hormones. It is also concerned with the
integration of developmental events proliferation, growth, and differentiation,
and the psychological or behavioral activities of metabolism, growth and
development, tissue function, sleep, digestion, respiration, excretion, mood,
stress, lactation, movement, reproduction, and sensory perception caused by
hormones.
From a clinical and research perspective, the Endocrine
Society (100 years old this year) does a significant amount of scientific study
about this particular field of medicine.
The Society
offers scientific statements to educate basic scientists, clinical scientists,
and clinicians on the scientific basis of disease and its application to the
practice of medicine with regard to both prevention and management.
Scientific statements provide an overview of basic and
clinical science content on topics of emerging importance. Content is
evidence-based to the extent possible but also identifies areas of basic or
clinical knowledge that require additional research. Topics are selected on the
basis of their emerging scientific impact on disease and broad clinical
relevance to the general population. Much more detailed material is located at
this website: http://www.endocrine.org/about-us
.
According to the Society for Endocrinology, at its simplest, a hormone is a
chemical messenger from one cell (or group of cells) to another. Hormones are
released in the body and have an effect on other parts of the body. The effect
is to communicate with other distant parts of the body. So for example, the adrenal
glands may secrete adrenalin, which has an effect on several different organs.
An endocrine gland is a gland which secretes hormones. Not all glands are
classified as endocrine glands. For example, sweat glands or lymph glands are
not endocrine glands).
Hormones are found in all organisms with more than one cell,
and so they are found in plants and animals. They influence or control a wide
range of physiological activities, such as growth, development, puberty, level
of alertness, sugar regulation and appetite, bone growth and other bodily
functions. You also find that problems with hormones and the way they work
contribute to some of the major diseases of mankind; for example, diabetes,
thyroid conditions, pituitary conditions, some sexual problems, some
neurological problems, appetite and obesity, bone problems, cancer, and more.
Additional info is found at this site: http://www.endocrinology.org/
.
The Journal of Endocrinology is a leading
global journal, available through the Society of Endocrinology, that publishes
original research articles, reviews and science guidelines. Its focus is on
endocrine physiology and metabolism, including hormone secretion; hormone
action; biological effects. The journal publishes basic and translational
studies at the organ, tissue and whole organism level. You can find more
information at this site: http://joe.endocrinology-journals.org/
 
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
(AACE), founded in 1991, now has over 7,000 members who work together as
a
professional community of physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes,
and metabolism committed to enhancing the ability of its members to provide the
highest quality of patient care. Their website has significant information on
the study of endocrinology and provides a detailed list of definitions for
anyone seeking to know more about this type of medicine. More info can be found
at this website: https://www.aace.com/about/mission
.
On a more detailed basis, according to the American College
of Physicians, endocrinologists
are
frequently involved with the diagnosis and management of these health care
problems:
·        
Hypothalamic disorders (abnormal
sodium and water balance)
·        
Pituitary diseases (tumors, over- or
underproduction of pituitary hormones)
·        
Parathyroid abnormalities
(hypercalcemia, hypocalcemia)
·        
Thyroid diseases (hyperthyroidism,
hypothyroidism, goiter, nodules)
·        
Adrenal cortex dysfunction
(mineralcorticoid, glucocorticoid, sex hormone abnormalities)
·        
Gonadal disease (hypogonadism and
reproductive disorders)
·        
Pancreatic endocrine disease
(diabetes mellitus)
·        
Bone metabolism (osteoporosis)
·        
Lipid metabolism
·        
Iatrogenic effect of glucocorticoids
Another
great location for treatment, especially for adults who need specialty care, is
located at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine. Their 3-fold
mission: (1) to provide excellence in patient care; (2) to perform cutting-edge
basic, clinical and translational research in endocrine diseases, diabetes,
obesity and hypertension; and (3) to provide outstanding educational
opportunities for medical students, house staff and fellows. More information
is located at this site: http://medicine.uchicago.edu/endo/index.html
.
Hormones
are a huge part of what makes your body tick. Endocrinologists are medical
specialists that can help determine what may be out of whack if you are
experiencing symptoms or medical issues that need more detailed study and care.
Talk with your doctor or a medical professional who can assist you in getting the
quality of care you need for any problems dealing with hormonal imbalances. It’s
worth your time.

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