May. 10, 2017
Virtually every critical human function – including sleep, metabolism, sexual reproduction, growth, and development – are regulated by hormones.
Hormones are produced by a network of glands that make up the endocrine system, which include the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid, and ovaries and testicles. When hormone production is too high or too low, or they can't be processed properly by the body, it can lead to illnesses and medical conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes and infertility.
An endocrinologist is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in treating hormone disorders and problems of the endocrine system. Endocrinologists typically focus on one or two areas, such as reproductive health and diabetes.
Because virtually every organ and vital biological process in the body depends on the hormonal output of a specific gland, there are a number of conditions and disorders that can develop throughout the body when hormone production malfunctions or is disrupted.
Some of the most common conditions treated by an endocrinologist include the following:
Endocrinologists work together with your primary care provider to design the best treatment and disease management strategy for your condition. Endocrinologists may recommend treatments like hormone replacement therapy and insulin therapy, as well as nutritional and diabetes counseling services.
Symptoms of endocrine disorders vary depending on the type of disorder and the individual. Symptoms of diabetes mellitus, the most common disease of the endocrine system, include the following:
Other symptoms of a potential endocrine disorder include the following:
Paris Community Hospital Family/Medical Center has a full-time endocrinologist on staff. Ask your healthcare provider for a referral if you believe you need to see an endocrinologist. For more information about endocrinology services at PCH/FMC, visit Endocrinology or call 217-466-4689.
Paris Community Hospital
721 East Court Street
Paris, IL 61944
Paris Family Medical Center
727 East Court Street
Paris, IL 61944
Chrisman Family Medical Center
112 W. Madison Ave.
Chrisman, IL 61924