The endocrine system controls hormones in the human body and is comprised of various glands, including the pancrease, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, ovaries, and testes, as well as others. Our endocrinologists in NYC specialize in this system and its responsibilities, diagnosing and treating various conditions that cause an overabundance, deficiency, or issue in response or metabolization of hormones.

Common Health Issues

Issues in the endocrine system are separated into three primary groupings: hyposecretion, when the endocrine system is not creating enough of one or more hormones; hypersecretion, when the system produces too much of one or more hormones; and tumors, where cancerous or noncancerous cells develop anywhere in the endocrine system.

Over- or under–production of hormones in any part of the endocrine system leads to various health issues. For example:

  • In the pancrease, hyposecretion can lead to diabetes; hypersecretion can lead to too much insulin in the body, or a lack of insulin flow to the brain.
  • In the thyroid, hyposecretion can cause exhaustion, weight gain, and depression, and may cause growth issues in young children; hypersecretion can cause an irregular heartbeat, excess weight loss, or Grave’s disease.
  • In the reproductive organs, hypersecretion in the ovaries can cause exaggerated female traits; hypersecretion in the testicles can cause exaggerated male traits.

At MyBodhi, our endocrinologists in NYC diagnose and treat all of these issues and more, but they most commonly help to diagnose, treat and/or manage:

  • Diabetes is generally caused by a deficiency of insulin;
  • Over- or underactive-thyroids, which affect metabolism, weight, cholesterol levels, muscle strength, brain development, breathing, and the heart and nervous system;
  • Growth issues caused by over- or under-production of GH;
  • Reproductive issues caused by too much or too little estrogen, progesterone, and/or testosterone.

Endocrinologists also help to treat osteoporosis, cholesterol issues, metabolic disorders, some cancers, and hypertension.

Common Testing Used by Endocrinologists

Because the endocrine system encompasses such a wide range of organs and glands in the human body, endocrinologists turn to a similarly wide range of testing options to pinpoint a patient’s exact medical condition. These specific tests are used in conjunction with an endocrinologist’s unique understanding of internal medicine to diagnose and form a treatment plan for patients. Some tests include:

  • Oral and blood glucose testing
  • TSH testing
  • T3 and T4 testing
  • Thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin tests
  • Serum progesterone test
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone blood tests
  • Clomiphene citrate challenge tests
  • Antithyroid antibody
  • Adrenal venous sampling
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized axial tomography scan (CAT/CT)
  • Inferior petrosal sinus sampling

Treating Endocrine Disorders

Endocrinologists work alone or with primary care physicians, surgeons, and/or other specialists to form and administer treatment plans for any and all issues related to the endocrine system. This can include hormone therapies, surgical options, medical treatment to manage conditions or alleviate symptoms during treatment, and more.

At MyBodhi, our NYC-based endocrinologists boast years of experience in their field, and have the unique benefit of working with a host of other highly-trained medical professionals to provide the utmost in care for all patients, no matter what medical issues they’re facing. This team approach to healthcare ensures that patients are provided with the most effective and least-intrusive treatment plan possible.