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What Is Endocrinology?

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.

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When Should You See an
Endocrinology Specialist?

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.

Endocrine Disorder Symptoms:
  • arrow Changes in mood
  • arrow Changes in skin colour
  • arrow Decreased libido
  • arrow Excessive urination
  • arrow Fatigue
  • arrow Infatuations in blood glucose levels
  • arrow Menstrual changes
  • arrow Rounded face
  • arrow Weight loss or weight gain
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How Can an Endocrinology Specialist Help?

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.

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Benefits of Seeing an Endocrinology Specialist?
  • arrow Helps in managing symptoms of diabetes including abnormal blood sugar levels, excessive thirst, blurry vision, and weight gain.
  • arrow Helps in assessing and managing symptoms related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome including irregular periods, excessive hair growth, cysts, and other metabolic problems.
  • arrow Helps in managing treatment for patients receiving over three injections a day, or those on an insulin pump.
  • arrow Helps in treating enlarged thyroid gland
  • arrow Helps manage symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism including anxiousness, depression, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, rapid heart rate, and unexplained weight gain or weight loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Fatigue: Feeling tired, exhausted, or lacking energy even after getting adequate rest.
  • Weight changes: Unexplained weight gain or weight loss, which may occur despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.
  • Mood changes: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression can be associated with thyroid disorders.
  • Hair and skin changes: Brittle or thinning hair, dry skin, and brittle nails can be indications of thyroid problems.
  • Changes in heart rate: An increased heart rate (tachycardia) or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) may be observed in some thyroid conditions.
  • Temperature sensitivity: Feeling excessively cold or hot, or having difficulty tolerating temperature changes.
  • Bowel irregularities: Constipation is often associated with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), while frequent bowel movements or diarrhea may occur with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
  • Menstrual irregularities: Thyroid disorders can affect menstrual cycles, causing heavy or irregular periods.
  • Muscle weakness: Weakness or aching in the muscles, along with joint pain, may be present.
  • Swelling in the neck: A visible enlargement or swelling in the front of the neck, known as a goiter, can be a sign of thyroid problems.

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

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Hormonal changes
  • Iodine deficiency or excess
  • Thyroid nodules or goiter
  • Medications and treatment
  • Genetics and family history

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.