What is an Endocrinologist?
An Endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor who diagnoses and treats disorders of various hormonal glands. Some of the common conditions treated by Endocrinologists include Diabetes, Thyroid and Parathyroid disorders, Osteoporosis and bone disorders, Pituitary disorders, Adrenal disorders, Electrolyte disturbances, low Testosterone, Menopause, and some Menstrual disorders.
The Importance of testing in Osteoporosis is different from most other diseases or common illnesses in that there are no symptoms until there is a fracture. Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone density which increases the risk of fractures.
A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan can easily assess your bone density and determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. From there, you can determine whether you need to make certain lifestyle changes to prevent osteoporosis and fragile bones that are subject to fracture, or even be considered for pharmacological treatment for Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can also be due to secondary causes which should be investigated and appropriately managed.
Up to 640 Australians are hospitalized each year in serious life threatening situations before they are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It’s about time we all knew the early signs of Type 1 Diabetes. People should look for the 4T’s:
- Thirst – are they really thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?
- Toilet – are they going to the toilet a lot to pass urine?
- Tired – are they more tired than usual?
- Thinner – have they recently lost weight?
New research has found that only 5% of Australians aged over 40 have had a Type 2 diabetes risk assessment in the past two years. Also, more than half of people surveyed were unaware of diabetes-related complications, despite Type 2 diabetes being a leading cause of vision loss, kidney damage, heart attacks, stroke and limb amputation.
(Source Diabetes Australia)
Dr Christopher Jung, Endocrinologist
MBBS, BMedSc, FRACP
I am a general endocrinologist with a particular interest in diabetes, thyroid disorders (including thyroid cancer) and osteoporosis. I also manage pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal and testicular disorders.