Endocrinology looks at your glands and the hormones they secrete. It’s important to ensure your hormones are working correctly, particularly in sport, as they control many bodily functions. Problems with producing hormones can cause disorders such as diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, fatigue and acromegaly (excess growth).
Our consultants work with specialist teams to diagnose and treat endocrine disorders. Treatments for endocrine disorders can include hormone replacement therapy, which deals with issues caused during menopause, or problems caused as a result of hormone deficiency.
- Blood test: This is the main way of checking hormone levels in the body. A wide range of tests can be done on a single sample, and these are used to diagnose and monitor endocrine conditions.
- Urine test: This sample can be used to detect excess or unprocessed hormones and other substances that may signify things like diabetes and adrenal excess.
- Diagnostic imaging: MIHP has a range of imaging technology, including MRI, ultrasound and X-ray, which can be used to locate problem glands and problems caused by them.
- Medication: A range of drugs can be used to either act on the disordered gland or counteract its effects. These will be carefully monitored and adjusted over time. Naturally occurring hormones can also be replaced with medication if a gland has failed or been removed.
- Surgery: In some cases it’s most effective to remove a faulty gland. This is most common with thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions.
- Diet and lifestyle advice: Some endocrine problems such as diabetes may be controlled simply by changing the way you eat and exercise, and a healthier lifestyle can help with most conditions. As well as our endocrine consultants, we have a team of dieticians and physiotherapists who can help you plan the necessary changes.