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What is an Endocrinologist and How Can They Help You?

What is an Endocrinologist and How Can They Help You?

An endocrinologist is a physician who is trained in internal medicine, who specializes in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances in the body. There are a variety of hormone imbalances, but the most common conditions include menopause, diabetes, osteoporosis, an over- or under-production of hormones, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, and infertility.

You may think that a primary care physician is all you need, but in actuality, it is important to have an endocrinologist who you know and trust. For one, an endocrinologist is a specialist. They study hormones and hormonal diseases in depth, which allows for the best possible treatment.

Another reason an endocrinologist is important to have? They treat non-traditional patients. Oral medications or injected medication, like insulin for those with diabetes, don't work for everyone. If conventional treatment isn't working for you, an endocrinologist can explore new treatment options.

Endocrinologists are always staying up-to-date on the latest and newest treatment for hormonal conditions. By having an endocrinologist it ensures that you're getting the best and most innovative care.

Don't forget, an endocrinologist doesn't need to replace your primary care physician. They both work together to keep you healthy and to treat you and your hormone imbalances.

Torrance Memorial Physician Network is home to a number of skilled Endocrinologists. To learn more about our physicians, click here.