Medical Team - Endocrinologists
Your endocrine system includes important glands located throughout your body. These glands make hormones, which act as chemical messengers. They travel through your bloodstream to tissues or organs. This system affects:
- Growth and development
- Metabolism - digestion, elimination, breathing, blood circulation and maintaining body temperature
- Sexual function
What is an Endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor who diagnoses diseases that affect your glands. The endocrinologist knows how to treat conditions that are often complex and involve many systems within your body. Your primary care doctor refers you to an endocrinologist when you have a problem with your endocrine system.
What Type of Medical Training Do Endocrinologists Receive?
Endocrinologists finish four years of medical school and then spend three or four years in an internship and residency program. These specialty programs cover internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology. Following their general medical education and internship, an endocrinologist will spend two or three more years in concentrating on learning how to diagnose and treat hormone conditions.