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Your endocrine system includes glands and organs that make hormones. Your body needs hormones to grow and develop, and for metabolism and sexual function. When hormone levels are too high or too low,they can affect everything from your mood to your bone strength.
Endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in these types of disorders. At PeaceHealth, endocrinologists work with a wide range of specialists to care for children and adults, including:
Many endocrine conditions need lifelong management. Your care team will make sure you know how to take good care of yourself — whether that means following a special diet or looking out for symptoms.
PeaceHealth Nutrition and Diabetes Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. You get personal attention and support from dietitians and diabetes educators, who help you make diet and lifestyle changes to keep you healthy.
Endocrinologists, specially trained nurses and dietitians at PeaceHealth work with a wide range of specialists to design treatment that’s focused on your needs. They work with doctors who specialize in surgery, weight loss, reproductive health, kidney care and more — you benefit from a dedicated, integrated team.
Endocrinology specialists at PeaceHealth are experts in treating the full range of endocrine disorders. Your care team will help you understand and decide which treatments are right for you.
At PeaceHealth, your care team draws from a wide range of advanced therapies to tailor treatment to your needs. You benefit from the combined expertise of specialists at PeaceHealth, who work together to give you complete care.
Your pituitary gland is called the master gland because it creates hormones that direct functions all through your body and cause other glands — including your adrenal and thyroid glands — to make hormones. The most common cause of pituitary disorders is a benign (noncancerous) tumor.
Diabetes is caused by high glucose (blood sugar). After you eat or drink something, your body releases the hormone insulin to turn glucose into energy. With diabetes, this doesn't happen normally.
A condition which develops during pregnancy.
Hormone disorders are more likely to cause infertility in women than in men. Endocrinologists work with OB/Gyns to treat hormonal problems that make it hard for women to get pregnant. These problems include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and pituitary gland disorders.
Sometimes, weight gain can be caused by pituitary or thyroid disorders. Also, being overweight can raise your risk of diabetes and other health conditions. Your doctor will design a treatment plan to help you lose weight.
Osteoporosis causes your bones to weaken, which can make them break more easily. Your treatment may combine lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and medicine to slow bone loss and make your bones stronger.
Blood sugar is higher than normal, but not enough to be diabetes.
Your thyroid controls the way your body changes food into energy. Thyroid disorders include hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone), Hashimoto's disease, thyroid nodules and goiters.
The body doesn't make any insulin.
The body doesn't make enough insulin.
Endocrinologists work closely with OB/Gyns to manage hormonal conditions such as menopause, PCOS, gestational diabetes and infertility.