What is endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine glands or “internal secretion glands”. These include B. the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and pancreas. Together with the glands that produce the sex hormones in men and women and a large number of other hormone-producing cells, e.g. B. in the gastrointestinal tract and in fat tissue, they are responsible for the hormonal regulation of all organ functions in our body. Hormones are vital messenger substances in our organism, which contribute significantly to our well-being.
Not only rare hormone diseases, but also so-called “common diseases” fall into the field of the endocrinologist: osteoporosis, diabetes, goiter or enlarged thyroid, hormonal changes in old age. Hormonal imbalances play a role in a variety of diseases, such B. rheumatism, in pediatrics (growth disorders) and reproductive medicine (infertility), high blood pressure, bone metabolism, a role. For this reason, the field of endocrinology is a very broad field and the endocrinologist is a specialist in many fields of medicine.
What is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a specialist in internal medicine. He mainly deals with hormones and is therefore specialized in the prevention, diagnosis, therapy and research of hormonal diseases and functional disorders. Since endocrine hormones affect almost the entire body, the field of the endocrinologist is not so easy to define. Rather, he intervenes in the individual departments and tries to recognize interactions and overall connections. In addition to hormones, the treatment of metabolic diseases and nutritional medicine also fall into the field of the endocrinologist.
What does the endocrinologist do? Diagnosis & Treatment
At the beginning of the diagnosis, there is a detailed anamnesis , i.e. the conversation between doctor and patient in which important information is requested. Questions such as:
- What are the complaints?
- Since when and in what form do they appear?
- Are there any other complaints?
- Are medications being taken and if so, which ones?
- Stimulation of a gland : This is used when an underactive gland is suspected. An example would be the ACTH short test for suspected renal cortical insufficiency, which can be carried out for cortisol, for example.
- Inhibition of a gland : An inhibition, i.e. a delay or inhibition of the course of a chemical reaction by added substances (so-called ‘inhibitors’), is carried out if an overactive gland is suspected. An example would be a dexamethasone inhibition test, which is carried out if Cushing’s syndrome is suspected.
- Imaging processes : These include ultrasound, scintigraphy, CT or punctures. A distinction is made between morphological and functional representations. Morphological would be, for example, a thyroid sonography (a radiological procedure that uses ultrasound waves to make the morphology of internal organs and structures visible) to show a reduction in the size of the organ. On the other hand, a thyroid scintigraphy (a nuclear medical examination method) would be functional if thyroid autonomy is suspected (i.e. parts of the thyroid gland become independent, which limits its regular functions).
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best Adelaide endocrinologist gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top Endocrinologist in Adelaide. To help you find the best Endocrinologist Adelaide located near to you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
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⇒ Dr. Tien Lee
Dr. Tien Lee completed his medical degree at Flinders University in 2007. He previously completed two degrees in engineering from Cornell University and Northwestern University in the USA, and worked as a senior electrical engineer at Motorola for several years.
- diabetes and endocrinology
Phone: (08) 8120 1888
⇒ Prof. Peter Clifton
Dr Peter Clifton adelaide endocrinologist – is a general physician specialising in endocrinology/dyslipidaemia. He has been Head of the Clinical Research Unit at CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition since 1994, and been theme leader for Obesity and Health since 2004. He is now responsible for all food and health related research in both CSIRO Human Nutrition and Food Science Australia. Prof. Clifton has developed strategies to modify cardiovascular risk, and in recent years broadened the focus to the control of obesity and obesity-related conditions, including management of hyperglycaemia and disordered lipids in diabetic and insulin-resistant subjects, and strategies to modify macronutrient intake in order to optimise weight loss in the obese.
⇒ Dr Tony Roberts
Dr Roberts endocrinologist adelaide graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1975 and completed his advanced training in Endocrinology at Flinders Medical Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne in 1982. He spent the next three years as a NH&MRC Research Fellow at St Vincent’s School of Medical Research researching the immunology of thyroid disease.
- General Endocrinology, Diabetes, General Medicine
- Endocrine Disorders of Pregnancy, Nutritional Counselling
- Insulin Pump Therapy, Continuous Glucose Sensing, Education, Pregnancy Management
⇒ Dr.Narsing Laddipeerla
Dr.Narsing Laddipeerla is a Senior Consultant Endocrinologist at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dr Laddipeerla completed his Endocrinology training from one of the most prestigious medical institutions in India. Dr Laddipeerla is exploring oppurtunities with managing endocrinology patients in private and is most interested in providing assistance with complex clinical problems including diabetes, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, osteoporosis and sexual disorders in men. He is a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
- Diabetes, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders
- osteoporosis and sexual disorders in men
⇒ Dr Marcin Stankiewicz
Dr Marcin Stankiewicz is quite a mouthful, so many of his patients call him Dr Marcin. Dr Marcin is a highly trained gynaecologist who has specialised in fertility for men and women. He is one of only a handful of specialists in Adelaide with a CREI qualification:Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Until recently he worked for the various IVF clinics in Adelaide since 2002. He can offer unbiased advice on the merits of each service.
- Endometriosis, Reversal of Sterilisation
- Fertility Care, Gynaecology
- all endocrinological problems