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What is an endocrinologist?

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An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in hormones. These physicians do work specifically related to human hormones, especially in diagnosing diseases originating from the endocrine system.

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What is an endocrinologist?
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The endocrine system is a complex part of the human body, and it encompasses many things related to growth. Metabolism, sexual development, reproduction and even movement are all related to the endocrine system. The way in which the endocrine system works is that hormones are created by various glands in the body. This makes the physician's job of diagnosing a disease incredibly difficult; they have to find out in what part of the endocrine system the disease originates, and how it is affecting the rest of the body.

An endocrinologist's job is to find the cause of any hormonal imbalances in a patient. After finding the cause, the physician finds the best way possible to treat it. There are several common diseases and conditions that endocrinologists deal with, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause and even certain types of cancer.

In most situations, a patient does not immediately go to an endocrinologist. As with most specialists, a patient starts by seeing his own doctor who then refers the patient to an endocrinologist if he suspects something is wrong with the patient's endocrine system.

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