ENDOCRINOLOGY

WHAT IS ENDOCRINOLOGY?

The endocrine system consists of the glands and the hormonal system.

Endocrinology is the discipline of medicine that is responsible for diagnosing and treating diseases of the endocrine system, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, diseases related to the pituitary gland , etc., but also studies some symptoms of menopause, osteoporosis or hypertension, among others.

Endocrinology is also a very important specialty in boys and girls when studying low height or hormonal imbalances, which may affect sexual development or be the cause of obesity.

Thus, the endocrinologist is the doctor who specializes in endocrinology. At Clínica Eupnea, we have this specialty which works together with the nutrition specialty, since many times diseases of the endocrine system are caused by inadequate nutrition.

DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES

  • Control of the lipid profile : It consists of a blood analysis that provides information on the level of triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol. The purpose of this test is to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or a metabolic disorder.
  • Thyroid ultrasound :
  • Radioactive iodine uptake test : For this test, you take a small oral dose of radioactive iodine to see how much your thyroid gland is taking up.
  • Thyroid scintigraphy : Radioactive isotopes are introduced into a vein in the elbow while a special camera produces an image of the thyroid on the computer.
  • Computed tomography : The test combines a series of X-rays from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create images of the body’s bones and soft tissues.
  • Home enteral nutrition : Better known as tube feeding or HEN. It is a way of providing the necessary nutrients directly to the stomach or intestine.
  • Magnetic resonance : It is a non-invasive test capable of creating an image of internal organs, tissues and bones. It involves obtaining images using a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create images of the body’s organs and tissues.
  • Hormonal therapy : It is used to introduce into the body the changes made by hormones (male or female, depending on the case) during sexual development.
  • Assessment of obesity : Obesity is considered a worldwide epidemic. Although there is a genetic basis, increased calorie consumption as well as a sedentary lifestyle have made this condition more common every day. Preventing and treating obesity is a priority for health.
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