Endocrinologists deal with endocrine disorders. Endocrine disorders are
conditions stemming from the over- or under-production of hormones from an
endocrine gland. There are 11 endocrine glands in the human body.
Among the most common illnesses associated with endocrine disorders are
diabetes and hypothyroidism. People with hormonal imbalances can face obesity,
fertility problems and even heart disease and cancer.
Endocrinology is a vitally important part of medicine. Diabetes is so common,
it affects five to 10 percent of the U.S. population. And the disease's mortality
rate is alarmingly high. Yet endocrinologists can help many diabetics control
the disease with medication and proper diet.
Endocrinologists work in private practice or in hospitals.