Endocrinology is the branch of Medicine that deals with the highly specialised chemical and hormonal system responsible for the seamless function of the vital organs and glands in human beings. Any imbalance between the various pathways can lead to many isolated or combined clinical situations as well as unusual or uncommon presentations of illness.
Diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders are the common conditions occurring as a result of insufficiency or excess of hormones. There is an ever-expanding list of very common to extremely rare conditions that needs careful evaluation and monitoring for long-term health benefits. Some of these include – Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypogonadism, pituitary dysfunction, hypoparathyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, lipid disorders (elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels), vitamin D deficiency and electrolyte imbalance affecting the salts in the body such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
An experienced Endocrinologist can help unravel the complex chemical interconnections and treat many of these difficult, often perplexing clinical challenges.