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What is Endocrinology?

smiling mom with young daughterEndocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with the endocrine system; basically the endocrine glands and organs that create and store hormones, and how they work in the body. Hormones in glands and organs such as the pancreas, adrenal gland, pituitary, thyroid, and hypothalamus help the body regulate a variety of body functions including:

  • Breathing
  • Energy levels
  • Organ function
  • Fluid balance
  • Weight control

Diagnosis and Treatment

An endocrinologist is a physician specially trained to diagnose and treat diseases that affect the endocrine system. Endocrinologists also treat hormone imbalances by helping to restore the natural balance of hormones in your system. The endocrinologist on staff at KishHealth System’s Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb evaluates, diagnoses, and treat the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid cancer (in conjunction with KishHealth System Cancer Center)
  • Obesity & overweight
  • Pituitary gland tumor
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • High blood pressure (also called hypertension)
  • Lipid disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cushing syndrome


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