Endocrinology is a division of medicine that studies and treats conditions of the organs that secrete hormones. Hormones play a major role in how we develop and grow, regulate sugar, metabolize food and so much more.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hormones as well as the glands that produce them. This includes the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands as well as the pancreas.
Jamaica Hospital’s Division of Endocrinology treats a wide variety of conditions. One of the most common conditions treated by our endocrinologists is diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose, (or blood sugar) levels become too high. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy and it comes from the food we eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps convert glucose into our cells so it can be used for energy. When the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or can’t use it as well as it should, then glucose doesn’t reach our cells and builds up in the blood, causing potentially serious health complications.
The endocrinologists at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offer specialized care for people with diabetes and related conditions. They focus on the management of the disease through exercise, proper nutrition, and medication adherence.
Other conditions treated by Jamaica Hospital’s endocrinology service include:
- Adrenal disorders
- Thyroid disease
- Pituitary disorders
- Lipid disorders
- Bone metabolism and osteoporosis
- Transgender hormone therapy
For more information about Jamaica Hospital’s endocrinology service, or to make an appointment, please call 718-206-7001.