Adult Endocrinology

Diagnosis, Treatment & Management of Hormone Disorders

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group’s highly-skilled endocrinologists provide diagnosis, treatment, and management for all types of endocrine disorders. The endocrine system regulates hormones, affecting the body’s metabolism, blood pressure, weight, sex drive, and more. Hormones are produced and released through various glands. Endocrinologists understand how these glands are meant to work and know how to correct and issue when something goes wrong.

Conditions endocrinologists treat include:

  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Gigantism
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Hypoglycemia

Symptoms of an Endocrine Disorder

The symptoms of an endocrine disorder vary depending on which gland is affected. Generally, endocrine disorders cause fatigue and physical weakness. You may also experience depression, impotence, anxiety, abnormal heart rate, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, and recurring headaches. A lab test is usually required confirm the diagnosis. These may include blood, urine, or imaging tests.

The Treatment Plan

Most endocrine disorders affect hormone production, which can usually be managed with medication. There are numerous medications that both increase and block hormone production in the body. While these are not “cures”, managing the symptoms significantly improves quality of life. It is important to work closely with your endocrinologist to create a schedule for medication. Timing and dosage is very important in endocrine disorder management.

In some cases, endocrine disorders are caused by a tumor growing on the gland. In these cases, removing the tumor through surgery is often the best option. Chemotherapy can also shrink the tumor and make it easier to manage. Your doctor will work with you to determine the right treatment plan.

Schedule an Appointment With an Experienced Endocrinologist

Sometimes it can take time before your physician realizes that an endocrine disorder is responsible for your condition, make sure to advocate for yourself and speak to your doctor if you think you may have an endocrine disorder. Once you make an appointment with an endocrinologist, our skilled endocrinology team will perform tests to confirm that an endocrine disorder is responsible for your symptoms. Once confirmed, you can count on our team to provide the dedicated and compassionate treatment and care you or your loved one needs.

To make an appointment at RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group with one of our endocrinologists, please visit our Physician Locator to find a provider near you. You can make an appointment online, call the office or visit healthconnect.rwjbh.org/hcweb to book directly.