The endocrine system is a complex network of glands that work together
to release hormones vital to the body's functioning including growth,
sleep and fertility. Every gland is responsible for releasing a certain
hormone to help the body function properly.
Diabetes Type 1 & Type 2
Diabetes type 1 is a condition characterized by a deficiency of the insulin hormone. Patients with this type of diabetes do not produce sufficient insulin naturally, and therefore cannot process glucose properly. In patients with type 1 diabetes, an excess of glucose in the body can lead to serious complications, and patients require insulin shots to help their body process glucose.
Diabetes type 2 is the more common of the two conditions, accounting for 90-95% of patients with diabetes. Patients with type 2 diabetes do produce the hormone insulin, but their bodies are not efficient in regulating glucose and regulating the insulin in the body. Insulin is vital in allowing glucose to be used as energy.
Hypoglycemia is a condition that causes your blood glucose levels to drop rapidly. Glucose helps give your body energy from the foods you eat. Drops in blood glucose can lead to dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, shakiness, anxiety and irritability.
Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, is a condition that causes the body to lack the thyroid hormone. The thyroid is responsible for many functions of the body, including metabolism. Patients with hypothyroidism in turn have a very slow metabolism and can lead to weight gain.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common form of thyroid disease, affecting over 14 million people in the US. It is inflammation of the thyroid gland and Hashimoto's often causes hypothyroidism.
In patients with hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland releases an excess amount of hormones which can lead to weight loss, a rapid heart beat, nervousness. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Graves disease.
- Autoimmune Disease
- Weight Loss