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What Is An Endocrinologist?

Endocrinology is a complex study of the various hormones and their actions and disorders in the body. Glands are organs that make hormones. These are substances that help to control activities in the body and have several effects on the metabolism, reproduction, food absorption and utilization, growth and development etc. Hormones also control the way an organism responds to their surroundings and help by providing adequate energy for various functions. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and testes. Who is an endocrinologist? An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor who has a basic training in Internal Medicine as well. Some disorders like low thyroid hormone production or hypothyroidism deals only with an endocrine organ and an endocrinologist alone may detect, diagnose and manage such patients. Yet other disorders may have endocrine as well and other origins like infertility and may need a deeper understanding of medicine on the part of the endocrinologist to identify and work in collaboration with another specialist (a gynaecologist in cases of infertility). W Continue reading >>

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  1. labbydog

    Who helps manage your T2 Diabetes: your PCP or an endocrinologist?

    Currently, my PCP handles mine. She says that is the way for most of her patients with T2 diabetes and that they do not go to a "specialist" (endocrinologist). But, I am wondering if she is really "up to date" on all the diabetes stuff. If she tells me I need to go on insulin, should I be investigating and doing research myself on what is the best type to be on? Or, do I tell her I want a second opinion from an endo? Just wondering what type of doc most others with T2 see.

  2. Nan OH

    I had an endo and fired him. Now my co-manager is my CNP. How often are you testing? What kind of guidelines has your PCP set up? What kind of numbers are you getting when you test? What do you do now to manage your T2?

  3. STMahlberg

    I've gone through a couple PCP's, PA's, and a CNP; they all pretty much handed me the standard guidelines, which need some help, and sent me on my way. I had to argue with my last PA to put me on BOLUS insulin in addition to BASAL.
    The best advice I ever got was from my pain management doctor who happened to look at all of my numbers and said, "Stop eating ALL grains and sugars and you'll probably be able to stop taking insulin because whatever you're doing now isn't working."
    He was right. The only time I use insulin now is when I eat any grain or sugar.
    Educate yourself and hopefully your doctor will work with you. Keep in mind, your mileage may vary.

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