Your hormones act as chemical messengers between your group of cells. They are released and travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work gradually and slowly affect many different processes of our body including growth and development, metabolism, behaviour, sexual functioning, and reproduction.
Your endocrine glands are responsible for secreting these hormones. These glands include the pineal body, hypothalamus, parathyroids, pituitary, pancreas, testes, and ovaries. An imbalance in these hormones can affect our body’s systems its ability to function properly. Endocrinology is the study of these hormones, and an endocrinologist is a specialist who helps in treating with a wide range of conditions that are caused by problem with hormones.
Sometimes, an uncommon or difficult diagnosis may require the attention of a medical specialist, to help identify the root cause of the red flags. If you have noticed that you’re struggling with any of the below symptoms, your first step would be to consult your primary care doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and may refer you to an endocrinology specialist.
An endocrinology specialist will diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that might be related to a hormonal imbalance.
They will start by evaluating your family history, medical history, current medications, dietary habits, and existing symptoms. During your visit, you might be further evaluated to check for abnormalities in gland productions and their effects on your body. Your endocrinologist will aim to restore your hormonal imbalances to help you lead a better quality of your life.
Depending on your underlying conditions and its symptoms, your specialist will suggest a treatment plan that works for you.
Yes, you can get a referral to see an Endocrinologist near you. You will first need to book a consultation with one of our doctors at the Virtual Health Clinic. You may be screened for an endocrine disorder either through blood testing, genetic testing, imaging, or urine testing. After your consultation with our virtual doctor, a referral to an Endocrinologist will be emailed to you or sent to your nearest specialist’s clinic.
The signs of thyroid problems are:
It is important to note that these symptoms are not exclusive to thyroid problems and can be caused by other medical conditions as well. If you are experiencing any of these signs, consult a healthcare provider at our Virtual Health Clinic to gain more clarity on your symptoms.
Thyroid problems in women can occur due to various factors. Here are some common causes
It is important to note that while these factors can contribute to thyroid problems in women, the exact cause may vary for each individual. If you suspect you have a thyroid issue, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional at the Virtual Health Clinic for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.
If you have a valid Ontario health card, the consultation fee for an Endocrinologist is covered by OHIP. For uninsured patients, the consultation fee is $50 CDN (including all applicable taxes), per visit. Virtual Health Clinic also accepts all major insurance plans where you may be fully covered or have reduced pricing. Please check your coverage with your insurance provider to see if this applies to you.
Endocrinology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of the endocrine system, which is a complex network of glands that produce and release hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones act as chemical messengers and play crucial roles in regulating various bodily functions and processes.
An endocrinologist can help diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions related to hormonal imbalances and dysfunctions, including thyroid disorders, diabetes, adrenal disorders, pituitary gland disorders, reproductive hormone disorders, metabolic disorders, and more.