Hormones are those chemicals that help coordinate and control many of your body's activities.
Hormones are involved in growth, mood, reproduction, metabolism and much more.
With functioning hormones or a properly functioning hormone balance, processes here work naturally and automatically! But what if problems occur? With over 50 different hormones, each familiar with a complex task in the human body, it takes a specialist when problems arise:
What actually is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology refers to the field of medicine that relates to the endocrine system. This is that system that controls and directs hormones.
Physicians who are considered endocrinologists are those who diagnose, treat, and manage diseases related to the glands.
Consequently, doctors in this field specialize in extremely complex and difficult-to-detect diseases. When it comes to hormonal problems, endocrinologists are your go-to doctors!
Primary care physicians refer their patients to an endicronologist when initial tests show that the individual's problem is related to hormones. The goal of the endocrinologist can be identified as one thing above all: Restoring hormonal balance in the body!
What are Endocrinologists?
So what exactly are endocrinologists? Physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating health conditions associated with problems with the body's hormones, as well as endocrine glands and their associated tissues.
Specially trained in the endocrine system, they can help diagnose, treat and manage diseases in this area. Diseases and problems that can arise when hormone imbalances or endocrine gland problems occur.
Common diseases that an endocrinologist treats
The most common diseases that endocrinologists treat are diabetes mellitus and thyroid disease.
Other common diseases that endocrinologists treat include pituitary gland disorders, problems related to lipid metabolism disorders, Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes insipidus, and polycystic ovarian disease.
Here you can see a list of common conditions that an endocrinologist treats:
- Thyroid disorders
- Polycystic ovarian disease
- Cushing's syndrome
When should you see an Endocrinologist?
When should you see an endocrinologist?
Typically, the primary care physician will determine if you need to see an endocrinologist and may provide a referral for this.
In rare cases, the primary care physician may be able to diagnose and treat your condition himself or herself without referring you to a specialist.
So usually endocrinologists work on referrals from primary care physicians, for the simple reason:
Since treatment here would be less expensive, and thus endocrinologists are used only in the case when the primary care physician cannot provide adequate therapy and a specialist is needed.
In case of an unusual or difficult diagnosis, you should see a specialist as soon as possible. Signs that you may need to see an endocrinologist include:
- Problems with your vision
- Unusually rapid weight loss or gain
- Kidney complications
- Drastic changes in blood sugar levels
- Tingling that affects your hands and feet
- Facing a diagnosis of a hormonal condition such as diabetes mellitus or thyroid disease
The advantage of seeing a specialist is that he or she is an expert in a few conditions and has access to more resources for diagnosing and treating the problems mentioned above than a general family physician.
Endocrinology in Vienna at the Wiener Privatklinik
Endocrinology is an important part of our medical services at Wiener Privatklinik, one of the largest private clinics in all of Austria.