The Endocrinologist’s Role
As the obesity epidemic continues to intensify, it’s becoming clear that there’s more to obesity than lifestyle choices. Therefore, endocrinologists carefully examine the genetic and physiological causes and effects of obesity and develop treatment options that can produce concrete results.
What is an endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are doctors that are specially trained to diagnose and treat diseases related to the body’s endocrine system – which regulates appetite,metabolism (food burning and waste elimination), and growth through chemicals known as hormones.
Why see an endocrinologist?
A recent survey of The Endocrine Society’s membership revealed that 37 percent of endocrinologists report that at least 25 percent of their obese patients have underlying endocrine issues that contribute to their obesity.
As metabolic specialists, endocrinologists are actively engaged in the study, management, and treatment of obesity and related diseases – such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, among others.
Endocrinologists are leading vital research into:
- Defining the hormonal control of fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism.
- Identifying the hormones that regulate appetite.
- Examining the genetics of obesity.
- Developing experimental models of obesity.
- Dissecting the physiology of fat cells.
- Unraveling the control of lipids.
Simply put, endocrinologists are leading the charge in developing new obesity treatments and medications. Their research directly translates into clinical practice, which may ultimately lead to a slimmer, fitter America.
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