Diabetes affects 10% of all Americans, which includes 1.5 million people over the age of 20 and 24,000 youth who are newly diagnosed with diabetes every year. And those numbers reflect just one of many endocrinology diseases. When you face an endocrine disorder, you need the experienced endocrinologists at Physicians Medical Group of San Jose in San Jose, California. They work with patients of all ages who have problems related to a hormone imbalance. When you need immediate care, same-day appointments are available. Call your PMGSJ physician today.
Endocrinology is the medical field that specializes in the glands that produce and release hormones. These glands form your endocrine system:
When you have a hormonal imbalance, the endocrinologists at Physicians Medical Group of San Jose are the experts you need to carefully evaluate your symptoms and accurately diagnose and treat the source of your problem.
Your body can’t function properly without a specific amount of each hormone circulating in your bloodstream. This delicate balance is easily disrupted by many factors, from chronic stress, an unhealthy diet, and the natural effect of aging, to illnesses or a disease affecting an endocrine gland.
A few of the endocrinology conditions often treated at Physicians Medical Group of San Jose include:
Endocrinologists also treat an array of endocrine problems caused by autoimmune diseases.
Because hormones regulate nearly every function in your body, you can develop a vast range of symptoms depending on which endocrine gland is affected and whether you have too much or too little of a hormone in your bloodstream.
The symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) versus an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) are great examples. Hypothyroidism causes symptoms such as weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and high cholesterol. By comparison, hyperthyroidism leads to weight loss, a rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and osteoporosis.
Treatment for endocrine conditions tends to fall into one of two categories. Either you need hormone replacement therapy to boost low hormone levels, or you need medication or surgery to lower high hormone levels.
In many cases, a tumor in an endocrine gland produces hormones, which significantly increases the amount of hormone in your bloodstream. For example, thyroid nodules and goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland) are noncancerous growths that often actively produce thyroid hormones. When this happens in any endocrine gland, surgical removal of the tumor is needed.
You may also need to make lifestyle changes. For example, high blood pressure and diabetes are often well controlled with dietary changes, increasing your exercise, and losing weight.
If you need help with an endocrine problem, call your Physicians Medical Group of San Jose physician.