Diagnosing endocrine disorders
Diagnosing an endocrine disorder typically begins with blood and urine tests to check your hormone levels and occasionally a saliva test. If your doctor suspects you may have endocrine disorder, he may refer you to a specialist called an endocrinologist who may perform additional tests. An endocrinologist is specially trained in problems with the endocrine system.
Blood tests can help your doctors determine if you have an endocrine disorder. Imaging tests may be done to help locate or pinpoint a nodule or tumor.
Treatment of endocrine disorders
In many cases, endocrine disorders may not require treatment. When symptoms of disorders are bothersome, they can generally be treated by correcting the hormone imbalance. This is often done by means of synthetic hormone administration. In specific case where a growth is responsible for symptoms, surgery or radiation therapy may be used.
Often, diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause of the endocrine disorder will resolve the symptoms. Your doctor may order routine blood work to check for problems or to determine if your medication or treatment plan needs to be adjusted.
Prevention and wellness
While it’s not possible to know all the reason a person may develop an endocrine disorder, there may be things to help minimize and manage the disorder:
- Know your family medical history. Knowing your family’s medical history can help you use precaution and may help postpone or even prevent disorders.
- Eat a healthy diet. The best medicine for maintaining a balance body functioning is to eat a well-balance diet and maintain a healthy weight.
- Minimize stress. Overstress causes the overproduction of hormones which may contribute to the endocrine organs not to function at optimum. Try and get six to eight hours of sleep, relax and slow down!
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Have close contact with an endocrinologist if you are at a high risk for diabetes or other endocrine diseases.
- Exercise regularly.