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What is endocrinology?

Endocrinology is a branch of general medicine dealing with the collection of glands in the body that secrete hormones directly into the blood. Hormones have many different functions on different organs.

The clinical specialty of Endocrinology focuses primarily on the endocrine organs, meaning the organs whose primary function is hormone secretion. These organs include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes, and pancreas.

Consultant endocrinologists treat adrenal gland problems, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, excessive hair growth in women, lipid disorders, obesity, pituitary gland disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome and thyroid disease.

Our services

Our Endocrinologist Consultants specialise in the management of all aspects of general Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine in adults, including:

  • Thyroid conditions – hormonal disturbance (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism); thyroid nodular disease and goitre
  • Adrenal conditions
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and hirsuitism
  • Pituitary conditions
  • Parathyroid, calcium and vitamin D disturbances
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Hypogonadism including testosterone replacement therapy

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).

Our services

Our consultants specialise in the management of all aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults, including:

  • Management of diabetes with new agents
  • Diabetes and complex insulin regimens
  • Hypertension management in diabetes
  • Lipid/cholesterol management in diabetes
  • Diabetes in renal disease
  • Diabetes in young adult adolescents
  • Diabetes in thalassaemia
  • Diabetes in pregnancy and preconception counselling
  • Prediabetes and management of individuals at high risk of developing diabetes, including obese individual

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