NEA Baptist Clinic

Healthy is keeping it level

Helping the body's metabolic system or hormones to find a normal range for performance is part of the formula for better health.


Endocrinology is the specialty dealing with hormonal and metabolic diseases - those glands that work through internal secretions. The specialty is fully described as endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, emphasizing that metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes make up a large part of our caseload.

Diabetes is a common illness, and most endocrinologists spend the bulk of their time seeing diabetics. Thyroid disease of all types is another large group. Other organs appropriate for endocrinology evaluation include the adrenal, pituitary, and parathyroid glands.

Adult endocrinology is actually a subspecialty of internal medicine.

Endocrinology is primarily an outpatient specialty, since many of the diseases we deal with usually don't make people acutely ill enough to require hospitalization. We perform few invasive procedures other than thyroid biopsy. It is also primarily a referral practice, although endocrinologists may act as primary care physicians for those with complicated diabetes, or those whose only serious medical problem is hormonal.