Metabolic Disorders

Valley Endocrine

Endocrinologists located in Fresno, CA

A metabolic disorder can cause weight gain, dangerous cholesterol levels, diabetes, and other concerning medical issues. Most metabolic disorders start in your endocrine system, and Paul Norwood, MD, a gifted endocrinologist in Fresno, California, can help. Dr. Norwood is a skilled specialist who is well known for his expertise and his caring and warm personality, which drives his patient-first philosophy. If your metabolism is causing health problems, call Valley Endocrine or book your appointment online today to schedule a visit.

Metabolic Disorders Q & A

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What is metabolism?

Your metabolism is the process that your body uses to make energy from the foods you eat and the beverages you consume.

The metabolic process is rather complex overall, but can be broken down into a few general steps. First, what you eat supplies you with nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Enzymes occurring naturally in your digestive system convert proteins to amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into simple sugars, which are then absorbed into your blood, becoming your body's fuel.

Your body either uses the fuel right away or stores the energy in your body’s tissues, such as your liver, muscles, and body fat.

What is a metabolic disorder?

Metabolic disorders occur when abnormal chemical reactions in your body disrupt the normal metabolic process. You might end up with too much or too little of the substances of you need to stay healthy. Some disorders disrupt the breakdown of amino acids (proteins), carbohydrates (sugars), or lipids (fatty acids). Others affect the parts of your cells that produce energy.

Familiar conditions you may not recognize as metabolic disorders include:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cholesterol and lipid disorders
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (hypothyroidism)

What does the endocrine system have to do with metabolism?

Your endocrine system contains several glands that produce hormones, which act as messengers to control and coordinate metabolic activities throughout your body. They influence the way your body uses and stores energy and manages fluid volume as well as the levels of salts and sugar (glucose) in your blood.

Hormones produced by your thyroid gland, for instance, regulate cellular growth, control your heart rate, and affect the speed with which your body burns calories. Insulin, a hormone secreted by specialized cells within your pancreas (islets), affects the metabolism of protein, fat, and sugar throughout your body.

As a specialist with many years of study, training, and experience regarding endocrine disorders and their effects on your metabolism, Dr. Paul Norwood offers valuable insight regarding the diagnosis and successful treatment of metabolic disorders.

Whether you already know or are just wondering you have a metabolic disorder, call Valley Endocrine or schedule an appointment online today for a consultation.