Endocrine Disorders FAQs

The endocrine system is a series of glands – the pituitary, pancreas, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testes – that regulate your body’s hormones. These glands can be affected by age, illness, exposure to chemicals, genetics, and lifestyle habits like diet and exercise, resulting in endocrine disorders. Learn more about these disorders and how Mercy endocrinologists treat them.

What’s an endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions of the endocrine system, which regulates your body’s hormones. Mercy endocrinologists are experts at restoring hormonal balance, so you can feel your best.

What diseases does an endocrinologist treat?

Endocrinologists treat diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), thyroid disease, cancers of the endocrine glands, cholesterol or lipid disorders, hormone imbalance, infertility, growth disorders, menopause, metabolism disorders, weight problems, osteoporosis and other conditions.

What does an endocrinologist do on your first appointment?

Your first visit to a Mercy endocrinologist typically includes reviewing your medical history, a physical exam and talking about your symptoms. Your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, height, weight and vision may be checked. And your endocrinologist will likely order blood, urine or other tests to learn more about your health.

Do you need a referral to see an endocrinologist?

Start with your Mercy primary care physician, who can help determine whether specialist care is needed. Some health plans allow you to see specialists in their network without referrals. Contact your plan for details.

Can an endocrinologist help with weight loss?

Endocrinologists specialize in metabolism and hormones, so they can assess the causes of weight gain or obesity. While there aren’t quick fixes when it comes to losing weight, an endocrinologist can help you identify underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to the problem.

Why do cancer patients develop endocrine disorders?

People who’ve undergone cancer treatment are at higher risk of developing endocrine disorders. Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy can affect the ability of endocrine organs to produce hormones.

Find an Endocrinologist

Endocrinologists are available in most Mercy communities to help you manage diabetes, thyroid diseases, osteoporosis and other conditions.

Find an endocrinologist near you.