Endocrine Disease

Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pediatrics & Pulmonology located in San Antonio, TX

If you experience appetite changes, unplanned weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, or other unpleasant symptoms, it could be because of endocrine disease. At San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine, with three locations in San Antonio, Texas, the skilled primary care physicians diagnose and treat endocrine diseases to restore hormone balance and quality of life. Call the office to learn more or use the online scheduler today.

What are endocrine diseases?

Endocrine diseases encompass various diseases that disrupt hormone production within your body. They occur when glands that secrete hormones or receptors that respond to hormones don’t function properly. Examples of common endocrine diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Menopause
  • Addison’s disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Graves’ disease
  • Endocrine gland cancers
  • Prolactinoma

The results of an untreated endocrine disease often include unpleasant symptoms and the risk of serious complications.

What are the symptoms of endocrine diseases?

The symptoms you may experience because of an endocrine disease include:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Mood swings 
  • Blood sugar level changes
  • Feeling too hot or too cold
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger or thirst
  • Hair loss

Complications of untreated diabetes, and other endocrine disorders may include nerve damage, dementia, heart problems, heart disease, kidney disease, and other chronic conditions. 

What are the risk factors for endocrine diseases?

While anyone can develop an endocrine disease, common risk factors include genetics, infections, tumors, and injury to an endocrine gland. Carrying excess body weight, having poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, and other unhealthy habits may also contribute to endocrine problems. 

How does my provider diagnose endocrine diseases?

Your San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine provider asks about your symptoms, medication regimen, lifestyle habits, and medical history to find out if you have an endocrine disease and the best way to treat it. 

They check your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs and complete a physical exam. Your primary care specialist may recommend urine testing, blood tests, or an ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, or other imaging procedure to diagnose your condition. 

How are endocrine diseases treated?

Your personalized treatment for an endocrine disease depends on the type of disease you have and its severity. 

Your provider may recommend healthy lifestyle changes (weight management, more exercise, dietary changes, etc.), medications, injections, or surgical procedures. You might also need radiation therapy or chemotherapy if you have cancerous tumors on an endocrine gland. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with endocrine disease or suspect you have one, call the San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine office or use the online booking tab to schedule an appointment today.