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The endocrine system is a complex group of glands. Glands are organs that make hormones. Hormones help to control activities in your body. Different types of hormones control reproduction, metabolism (food burning and waste elimination), growth and development. Hormones also control the way you respond to your surroundings, and they help to provide the proper amount of energy and nutrition your body needs to function. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.

Endocrinologists are specially trained to diagnose diseases that affect your glands. They know how to treat conditions that are often complex and involve many systems within your body. Your primary care doctor refers you to an endocrinologist when you have a problem with your endocrine system.

Endocrinologists treat many of the following conditions:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Cancers of the Endocrine Glands
  3. Infertility
  4. Menopause
  5. Metabolic Disorders
  6. Osteoporosis
  7. Thyroid Diseases


Bergen Medical Alliance Endocrinologists finish four years of medical school and then spend three or four years in an internship and residency program. These specialty programs cover internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology. They spend two or three more years learning how to diagnose and treat hormone conditions. Overall, an endocrinologist’s training will take more than 10 years!

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