Acromegaly is a rare but serious condition caused by growth hormone excess and affects children and adults differently. Each year, about three new cases of acromegaly occur for every million people. Learn more!
Supporters of adrenal fatigue believe the problem begins when many different life stresses become too much for the body to handle. What is the truth behind adrenal fatigue and what does the science say about it? Learn more!
There are two types of adrenal insufficiency. This rare condition should not be confused with adrenal fatigue (which is not a true medical condition). Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of adrenal insufficiency.
Ambiguous genitalia is a rare condition in which an infant's external genitals don't appear to be clearly either male or female. Learn more about the causes and management of Disorders of Sexual Development.
Amenorrhea is the term used when a woman or adolescent girl is not having menstrual periods, and is also the sign of another medical condition. Learn more about the causes and treatments of absent periods.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition in which a person loses an unhealthy amount of weight on purpose through dieting, sometimes along with excessive exercise, bingeing, and/or purging. Doctors do not know the exact cause of this eating disorder but learn about the risk factors and treatment to keep your body in balance.
Considering bariatric surgery for weight loss? Bariatric surgery helps people who are very obese to lose a lot of weight and improve their health, but could have both benefits and risks for your endocrine system. Learn more!
Hormonal imbalances caused by abnormal cell growth or toxins can lead to serious health problems and sometimes even cancer. Learn more about cancers that affect endocrine functions, including diagnosis, symptoms and treatment options.
People with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and metabolic syndrome are at greater risk for heart and stroke. If you have one you are likely to have others. Learn what you can do to lower your risk factors and keep your body in balance.
Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is preventable, but your risk can increase greatly if there is a metabolic risk for developing these conditions. Learn more about the management and lifestyle recommendations to prevents these conditions.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is an inherited disorder in which the two adrenal glands do not function properly because of mutations in the gene. Learn more about congenital adrenal hyperplasia and how its diagnosis impacts growth and development in children.
Cushing syndrome consists of the physical and mental changes that result from having too much cortisol in the blood for a long period of time. Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Cushing syndrome.
What is Cushings Disease and how is it different from Cushings Syndrome? This rare condition affects 10 to 15 people per million every year. Learn about Cushings disease, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Don't have the desire to engage in sexual activity like you used too? About 5% of men have decreased libido, a condition that increases with age. Learn more about decreased libido, including how it affects men's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and endocrinologists are on the front lines battling this public health crisis. Find out more about what causes diabetes, its symptoms, treatment, and other useful information about this serious disease.
Keeping your glucose levels close to normal will greatly lower your chances of developing long-term complications. If you already have complications, keeping your glucose levels close to normal will help keep these problems from getting worse.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage from high blood glucose (sugar) levels in people with diabetes. Keeping your glucose levels in the target range will greatly lower your chances of developing long-term complications. Learn more!
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes where high blood glucose causes damage to the blood vessels in the light-sensitive part of the back part of the eye. More than 80% of people who have had diabetes 20 years or longer develop diabetic retinopathy. Learn more about diabetic retinopathy, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Lipids (fats) are important component of the living cells. However, high levels can increase your risk of getting a heart attack or heart disease. Learn about dyslipidemia symptoms and treatment today.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue usually found inside the uterus grows in places where it shouldn’t. Learn more about endometriosis, including how it affects women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can happen at any age but is more common in men older than 65. If ED occurs often, medical treatment may help. Learn more about erectile dysfunction, including how it affects men's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is a rare, life-threatening disease that prevents the body from digesting fats. If you suspect that you or a loved one has FCS find a physician who can diagnose you and help you understand FCS.
Are you questioning your sexual drive? It may be a sign of a bigger problem. Learn more about female sexual dysfunction including how it affects women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Gestational diabetes affects about 4–8 of every 100 pregnant women in the United States. Any pregnant woman can develop the condition, but some women are at greater risk than others. Learn more about management and treatment options for your pregnancy plan.
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIO) is a condition in which people who take medicines called glucocorticoids develop osteoporosis—weakening of the bones. Learn more about diagnosis, symptoms, and how to protect your bones.
When your thyroid gland is enlarged, it can produce too much, too little, or just enough thyroid hormone. Learn more about goiter, including its diagnosis impact on other thyroid conditions and treatment options.
Graves disease is an autoimmune disease more common in women between age 20 and 50, who often have a family history of thyroid disease. Learn more about Graves' disease, including the effects it has on women's hormone health and pregnancy.
Human growth hormone (GH) is a substance that controls your body’s growth, but what happens when your body does not make enough? Learn more about growth hormone deficiency, including the causes, diagnosis, treatment options.
Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in boys or men. This condition results from an imbalance between the hormones testosterone and estrogen. Learn more about gynecomastia, including how this type of hormone imbalance can impact the health and physical appearance of males.
Excessive unwanted hair growth in women can be uncomfortable and is usually linked to an underlying endocrine disorder called hirsutism. Hirsutism is very common, affecting 5% - 10% of all women. Learn more about hirsutism, including how it affects women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
People with high blood calcium have above-normal levels of calcium in their blood. Learn more about hypercalcemia, including the health risks and treatment options associated with high blood calcium levels.
This patient guide for glucose control in the hospital is based on The Endocrine Society’s practice guideline for health care providers on preventing and treating high blood glucose (HBG). This guide applies just to patients on a regular hospital floor, not those who are in an ICU.
Hyperlipidemia means there are high levels of fats in the blood. When they are too high, these fats can put people at risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more about the effects that high blood fat can have on your health.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to other health problems. Learn more about hyperthyroidism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Thyroid dysfunction can start during or after pregnancy in women who never had thyroid problems before. This occurs because pregnancy causes major changes in the levels of hormones made in the thyroid gland. Learn more about management and treatment options for your pregnancy plan.
Hypoglycemia is the term for low blood glucose. People living with diabetes must monitor blood sugar often to keep it in a target range. Learn more about hypoglycemia, a potential complication of diabetes.
If blood glucose drops really low, the person is not able to function because physical and mental changes occur causing sever hypoglycemia. If severe hypoglycemia does occur, quick action is needed. Here’s what you need to KNOW about hyperglycemia, a complication that may occur after bariatric surgery.
Hypoparathyroidism is a rare condition in which you don’t have enough parathyroid hormone (PTH) causing your body to secrete low levels of calcium in the blood. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment to help restore balance.
Hypopituitarism (also called pituitary insufficiency) is a rare condition in which your pituitary gland doesn’t make enough of certain hormones. Learn more about hypopituitarism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options
Hypothyroidism during pregnancy is not common. However, the symptoms can be overlooked because some mimic the hormonal changes of a normal pregnancy, such as tiredness and weight gain. Learn more about management and treatment options for your pregnancy plan.
About 35% to 40% of infertility cases are due to female infertility, but male infertility is a factor in 40%. Learn more about infertility in women, including how it is diagnosed and what treatment options are available.
Klinefelter syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal disorders, affecting 1/500 to 1/1,000 newborn males. Learn more about Klinefelter syndrome, including how it affects men's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Testosterone is the most important sex hormone in men. Low testosterone comes with age with a higher prevalence in older men, obese men, and men with type 2 diabetes. Learn more about low testosterone, including how it affects men's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life. As women approach mid-life, estrogen levels start to fluctuate and then drop. Learn more about menopause, including how it affects women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Learn more about metabolic syndrome, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Monogenic diabetes is the least common form of diabetes. It is developed as a result of single gene mutations. Monogenic diabetes appears in several forms and most often affects young people. Learn more about monogenic diabetes and how its diagnosis impacts growth and development in children.
Osteoporosis is a progressive condition in which bones become structurally weak and are more likely to fracture or break. Learn more about the effects of this "silent disease" as well as the risk factors, prevention and treatment options.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more severe form of PMS, affecting about 3 to 6 percent of women. Learn more about PMDD, including how it affects women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
The number of U.S. youth who are overweight or obese has risen dramatically over the past three decades. Currently 18.5% of children are obese and this diagnosis can lead to a variety of harmful conditions. Find out what to do if your child is diagnosed as obese.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder affecting 7–10% of women of childbearing age and is the most common cause of infertility. Learn more about PCOS, including how it affects a women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Many children who go through puberty early or late have other family members who went through puberty early or late. Learn more about precocious puberty and how its diagnosis impacts growth and development in children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that about 79 million American adults over the age of 20 have prediabetes. As the population ages, becomes increasingly overweight and increasingly inactive, the number of adults with symptoms of prediabetes continues to grow. Learn more about your risk and how to prevent prediabetes.
Postpartum thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland that occurs after pregnancy affecting five to ten out of every 100 women. Learn more about pregnancy and thyroid disease, including how it affects a women's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a condition in which, most commonly, an overactive parathyroid gland makes too much PTH. Learn more about primary hyperparathyroidism, including diagnosis, management and treatment options.
About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Learn more about prostate cancer, including how it affects men's hormone health and what treatment options are available.
Puberty is a natural part of development when a child's body develops and matures going through physical changes as they transition into adulthood. Learn more about the hormonal and bodily changes that occur during this common adolescent change.
When hypoglycemia symptoms are left untreated they can cause life threatening consequences. As a family member, friend, or caregiver, you want to do your best to keep your loved one, friend, or patient safe from severe hypoglycemia. Learn more!
Many people have nodules on the thyroid, and over 90% of those nodules are not cancerous. However, when they are cancerous, they need to be treated to protect thyroid function and prevent the cancer from spreading.
Thyroid nodules are very common and occur more often in women than men. Pregnancy causes major changes in the levels of hormones made in the thyroid gland. Learn more about management and treatment options of thyroid nodules for your pregnancy plan.
Triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, are an important source of energy. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. Learn more about how to keep triglycerides low to prevent other health-related risk factors.
Diabetes is a serious disease. If left untreated or poorly controlled, over time it can lead to serious complications. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common among children 10 years and older. Learn about the risks and warning signs associated with type 2 diabetes in children.
Bone is a living tissue that is constantly breaking down and being replaced. Throughout life, your body balances the loss of bone with the creation of new bone. Learn more about how vitamin D and calcium impact bone loss and hormone health.
Research has proven that changing eating habits and increasing physical activity can help people lose weight. Learn more about various weight loss strategies and what you can do to keep your body in balance.