Endocrinology: Healthy hormones, healthy you
Endocrinology is the ‘secret’ speciality that affects everybody. It’s the branch of medicine concerned with hormones, which affect virtually every organ and function in the body. So patients with a very wide range of complaints – from diabetes to sudden unexplained weight gain – are referred to our world-class team of consultants specialising in this field.
Hormones: Connected to all kinds of health issues
Hormones are vital for our survival and are found in all organisms with more than one cell. Problems with the way your hormones work can contribute to all kinds of diseases and other health issues – including diabetes, thyroid and pituitary conditions, obesity, some sexual problems, and some neurological problems.
That means our 10 highly respected consultant endocrinologists have an extremely varied work-load. In addition to patients with diabetes and other major diseases, they regularly treat others with symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, hair loss, skin changes, impotence, menstrual disturbance, or lack of energy.
10 Consultants, a range of specialist interests
Between them, our consultants have a wide range of specialist interests including paediatric endocrinology, disorders of puberty and growth, thyroid, parathyroid, sex and fertility, pituitary, adrenal and neuroendocrine disorders.
Osteoporosis: effective treatment, at any age
Hormones also maintain healthy bones. Osteoporosis is a condition resulting in loss of bone strength, the most common cause of fractures and hospitalisation in the elderly. But it’s vital to recognise that it’s never too late for effective treatment of osteoporosis.
At London Medical, we have the most up-to-date technology available for accurately assessing bone density, and routinely carry out specialised biochemical tests to determine the most successful treatments options for each individual patient. Other endocrine tests regularly carried out at London Medical include:
- Thyroid ultrasound and thyroid fine needle aspiration (FNA)
- Insulin stress testing and glucagon stress test
- Dexamethasone suppression and other adrenal tests
- Thyroid function tests
- Pituitary releasing hormone tests
- Hormone day curves
- Water deprivation test