Endocrinology Consultation

Valley Endocrine

Endocrinologists located in Fresno, CA

Are you struggling to control your diabetes? Wondering if your fatigue is related to a hormone imbalance? A comprehensive endocrinology consultation can provide answers. Paul Norwood, MD, in Fresno, California, is a top-rated endocrinologist who is well known for his skill in identifying and designing effective strategies for treating endocrine disorders. Call or schedule a visit online with Dr. Norwood today at Valley Endocrine, where you’ll be treated like a person rather than just another appointment.

Endocrinology Consultation Q & A

Valley Endocrine

What is endocrinology?

Endocrinology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect your endocrine glands.

What are endocrine glands and how do they affect my health?

Your endocrine system is made up of a group of glands that produce and regulate your hormones, which include the:

  • Pituitary gland
  • Gonads (testes or ovaries)
  • Adrenal glands
  • Parathyroid
  • Islet cells in the pancreas
  • Hypothalamus
  • Thyroid
  • Thymus
  • Pineal gland

The hormones produced by these glands regulate your growth, blood pressure, metabolism, reproductive organs and other crucial functions your body relies on for good health.

When a gland produces too little or too much of a certain hormone, other functions in your body are negatively impacted. A problem with your thyroid gland, for example, may interfere with your body’s ability to turn food into energy, which can affect weight gain or loss.

What health problems can an endocrine disorder cause?

Depending on which glands are affected, an endocrine disorder can cause a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatic disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Cholesterol issues

Many of these health problems also increase your risk of developing others. PCOS, for instance, is one of the main causes of infertility in women. Another example is diabetes, which can eventually damage your nerves and your eyesight, and increase your susceptibility to life-threatening infections. It can also lead to heart disease and kidney damage.  

What is an endocrinology consultation?

During an endocrinology consultation, Dr. Paul Norwood focuses on identifying the probable causes of your symptoms. He then develops a treatment strategy that’s designed to resolve the underlying dysfunction and relieve your symptoms.

The consultation typically starts with a thorough physical exam and review of your and your family’s medical history, any current and previous medications, and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Depending on the results, Dr. Norwood may order a series of blood tests and other diagnostic studies to measure your hormone levels and assess the function of your endocrine glands.

Once he receives your study results, Dr. Norwood develops a treatment strategy. He may, for instance, prescribe medication to regulate your thyroid hormones. Treatment for endocrine issues often requires a delicate touch since altering the hormone production of one gland may inadvertently affect the others.  

To learn more endocrinology, schedule a consultation by calling Valley Endocrine or booking your visit online.