Author: Andrian Chiriac, Endocrinologist
When should you see an endocrinologist?
Do not hesitate to consult an endocrinologist if you experience symptoms such as:
- Persistent thirst
- Frequent urination
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Emotional instability
- Persistent fatigue
- Dry skin
- Menstrual irregularities
- Slow or accelerated growth in children
Diabetes mellitus is the most common endocrine disorder and can occur at any age, including infancy. Establishing the diagnosis and initiating proper and timely treatment are of major importance for individuals at risk of developing diabetes mellitus.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of endocrine problems, and in some cases, hormones are directly responsible for weight gain. Evaluation by an endocrinologist is mandatory for determining an appropriate weight correction program.
Thyroid gland issues are quite common in endocrinology practice and have a significant impact on health, associated with growth disorders in children, neurological and behavioral manifestations, cardiovascular disease risks, sexual and fertility disorders.
Hormonal imbalances are responsible for disturbances in calcium and phosphorus metabolism, growth problems in height in children, disorders during puberty, menstrual cycle irregularities, and menopausal conditions.
To establish a diagnosis, an endocrinologist, after an initial evaluation of symptoms, prescribes investigations and interprets results, including hormonal assays, while selecting the correct and effective treatment.