Endocrinology is the diagnosis and care management of hormone-related diseases. Hormones affect numerous bodily functions, including reproduction, metabolism, growth and development, and even respiration. That’s why a hormonal imbalance can create a wide range of health issues and is often the underlying cause of a variety of medical conditions.

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area, and is here to help you with these ailments. Our board-certified endocrinologists work with your primary care physician to evaluate, diagnose and successfully treat all endocrine diseases, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pituitary, bones, and reproductive systems. To discuss your care needs in-depth and begin treatment, contact us.

Our endocrinologists are currently seeing patients at our One Monroeville Center location.

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FAQs on Endocrinology

What Is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of medicine that deals with the body’s endocrine system and the diseases that affect it. The endocrine system is a network of glands responsible for producing hormones, which in turn control the body’s organs, metabolism, reproduction, mood, growth, and development. A disease of this system can therefore affect a number of basic bodily functions. An endocrinologist’s job is to restore hormone balance when an imbalance has occurred.

What Is The Endocrine System?

The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete the hormones responsible for many important bodily functions. The endocrine glands include:

  • Adrenal glands
  • Hypothalamus
  • Islet cells in the pancreas
  • Ovaries
  • Parathyroid
  • Pineal gland
  • Pituitary gland
  • Testes
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid

What Diseases Do Endocrinologists Treat?

Endocrinologists treat a very wide range of conditions. Some of the most common endocrine diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Excessive or insufficient production of hormones
  • Some cancers
  • Infertility

What Causes Endocrine Disorders?

Endocrine disorders can develop in one of the following ways:

  • Glands produce too many or too little hormones, creating a hormonal imbalance
  • Tumors or lesions form in the endocrine system, which can have an effect on hormone levels
  • An infection forms in the body, which can have an effect on hormone levels

How Are Endocrine Disorders Treated?

An endocrinologist collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of specialists to pinpoint the right course of treatment for a patient. Occasionally, an endocrine disorder will not produce any symptoms at all, or they are mild enough that no treatment is needed. However, if symptoms are bothersome, an endocrinologist may:

  • Administer synthetic hormones to correct imbalances
  • Perform surgery/radiation therapy to remove a growth or tumor

What Can I Expect From A Visit With An Endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist will run blood and urine tests to check hormone levels, and may order imaging tests to locate a tumor or nodule. Routine blood work may be required to see if your medication is working or if it needs to be adjusted. 

Once a diagnosis has been reached, the endocrinologist will work with your primary care physician to create a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your symptoms.

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our endocrinologists evaluate and treat diabetes, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, as well as disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pituitary, bones, and reproductive systems. You can see our endocrinology specialists at our One Monroeville Center location.