Endocrinology

Cushing Syndrome

Cushing Syndrome. One of the key hormones, our adrenal gland makes is called “cortisol”.  This production is directed by a part of our brain called the hypothalamus which makes a hormone called CRH. CRH “tells” your pituitary gland (the master gland in the brain) to make another hormone called ACTH.  ACTH then directs the adrenal …

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Hypercalciuria

Hypercalciuria. Calcium is an important electrolyte that regulates vital physiologic processes in the body including hormonal secretion, cardiac contraction, and blood clotting. It also helps to grow and repair our skeletons.  Hypercalciuria occurs in 5%-10% of the adult population. It is defined as excess calcium in the urine. This excess calcium may come from the …

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Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism. What is hyperthyroidism?  Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. When this occurs, body’s metabolism is increased, which can cause a variety of symptoms (anxiety, weakness, tremors, fatigue, perspiring a lot, and rapid heart beat, increased appetite, weight loss, & loose bowel movements).  Mild cases may cause …

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Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal Insufficiency. Your body has two adrenal glands. Each gland is located above a kidney. The adrenal gland normally produces 3 different classes of steroid hormones: Glucocorticoids (cortisol), mineralocorticoids (mainly aldosterone), and androgens (DHEA).  Cortisol helps the body deal with stress and is involved in the regulation of glucose, protein and fat metabolism.  It also …

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Low T levels

Hypogonadism (Deficiency of Testosterone) Hypogonadism is the inability of the testes (testicles) to produce testosterone or sperm or both. Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important part in the development and maintenance of typical male masculine characteristics. In adult males, testosterone maintains muscle mass and strength, fat distribution and bone mass as well. Testosterone …

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