Definition of Endocrinologist

Background

The endocrine system is made up of several glands, which produce and regulate hormones. Hormones help control many functions, such as metabolism, bone growth and reproduction.

Training

Endocrinologist training often takes more than 10 years, including four years in medical school, three to four years in an internship and residency program, and two to three years learning to diagnose and treat different diseases.

Specialization

Many endocrinologists specialize in a certain type of endocrinology, such as pediatric endocrinology, comparative endocrinology or thyroid endocrinology.

Diabetes

Diabetics have too much sugar in their blood. Endocrinologists help patients manage diabetes through diet changes and medicine, such as insulin.

Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can sometimes be caused by high levels of aldosterone, a hormone. Endocrinologists can treat high blood pressure by adjusting hormone levels. Endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in hormone diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, thyroid diseases and hypertension. The study of these diseases is called endocrinology.