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Endocrinology derives from the Greek for endon, meaning 'within' and krīnō for 'separate' and defines the branch of biology and medicine that deals with the endocrine system, the hormones and related diseases.

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Endocrinology observes, studies and deals with the diseases related to:

  • developmental events
  • digestion
  • excretion
  • growth and differentiation
  • lactation
  • metabolism
  • mood
  • reproduction
  • respiration
  • sleep
  • stress
  • tissue function, etc.

The endocrine system consists of a number of glands that are located in different parts of the body. These glands secrete hormones, which are streamed directly into the blood. The many different functions and ways of action that hormones fulfill, underline the importance they have for a balanced, healthy function of the organs and the human body as an entirety. Hormones act based on specific mechanisms, as follows:

  • paracrine mechanisms – chemical communication between cells, within an organ or tissue
  • autocrine mechanisms – chemical signals that impacts the same cell
  • intracrine mechanisms – chemical communication within the same cell

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The specialists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will strive to find the most effective treatment approach for your endocrine disorder

Given the complexity of the endocrine system and the versatility of medical knowledge needed in order to become a good practitioner, endocrinologists obtain deep knowledge in the following fields:

  • Clinical endocrinology
  • Endocrine tumors and their treatment
  • Endocrinology and genetics
  • Molecular endocrinology science
  • Thyroid imaging and analysis

Specializations of endocrinology include:

  • behavioral endocrinology
  • comparative endocrinology

The endocrine system is responsible for the regulation and the right balance of the hormone level. Any hormone level disorder that occurs in the body, may lead to the functional disorder of one or more organs. The most common conditions that pose a challenge for endocrinologists, and call for their best knowledge regarding treatment, include:

  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Cancers of the endocrine glands
  • Cholesterol disorders
  • Cushing's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gigantism
  • Goiters
  • Graves's disease
  • Growth disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Infertility
  • Low testosterone
  • Menopause
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia I and II (MEN I and MEN II)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Over- or under-production of hormones
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Precocious puberty
  • Prediabetes
  • Thyroid diseases (like hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, anaplastic thyroid cancer)
  • Turner syndrome
  • etc.

As it easily translates from the long list and large number of possible disorders of the endocrine system, treatments for these are also situated on a large scale. Insufficient hormone production calls for hormone replacement medication, while hormone overproduction may require a surgical procedure as treatment. Some common endocrine conditions, such as diabetes, do not have a medical cure yet, but medication and certain lifestyle changes will significantly improve the quality of life for the patient. Despite the extraordinary medical science and technology advances of the last couple of years, there still exist endocrine disorders that do not respond well to treatment. These include adrenal cancer, hypoparathyroidism, etc. It is often the case that for conditions of such type, the only reliable treatment approach is surgery. Endocrinologists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital rely on their vast knowledge and experience to efficiently diagnose and treat each patient, in conformity with the particular features of the patient’s condition.

At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we invest constant effort into keeping up with the latest progresses of medical technology, so that we can offer the best possible solution for all health challenges our patients face. In order to correctly diagnose and treat specific disorders, our endocrinologist use the following accurate and powerful diagnosing and testing tools:

  • 24-Hour Urine Collection Test
  • ACTH Stimulation Test
  • Bone Density Test
  • CRH Stimulation Test
  • Dexamethasone Suppression Test
  • Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Five-Day Glucose Sensor Test (For Diabetes)
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Osteoporosis Testing
  • Semen Analysis
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasonography
  • Thyroid Scan
  • TSH Blood Test
  • etc.

Should you experience symptoms that indicate a disrupted function of the endocrine system, ask for medical assessment and consultation with our medical experts, so that your condition can then be correctly diagnosed and treated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is generally recommended to check the cholesterol levels once every five years until the age of 45, and once every 3 years after that.

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Cholesterol is a substance present in the fats (lipids) in the blood and having high cholesterol might increase the risk of heart problems.

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In order to lower high cholesterol levels it is necessary to follow a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a normal weight and quitting smoking. The recommended amount of fiber intake per day is between 25 and 30 grams.

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Some patients with osteoporosis may be asymptomatic, whereas a few people may have pain in their bones and muscles, particularly in the backbone.

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Unlike malignant tumors, the vast majority of pituitary tumors are not cancerous and thereby do not spread to other parts of the body. The treatment of pituitary tumors includes surgery, medication or, in rare cases when they are malignant, radiation therapy.

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