Endocrinology

Some would say Endocrinology is a subspecialty of internal medicine, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones. Meaning it is the study of hormones, such as diseases and conditions connecting to hormone imbalance, damage to the glands that make the hormone, or the use of synthetic or natural hormonal drugs. It focuses on the endocrine glands and tissues that secrete hormones. Hormones are released or secreted in the body and have an effect on other parts of the body.

Endocrinologist

They diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. They treat hormone disorders such as diabetes that disable the body’s ability to function properly. Diabetes is important because it affects both children and adults.

Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. An expert is treating frequently complex conditions which involved several different systems within the human body. If a physician suspects there is a problem with a patient’s endocrine system, they will refer them to an endocrinologist.

Dr. Kenneth Shephard, Miami's Finest Endocrinologist

Dr. Shephard is trained to do ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules, also diagnose and treat Diabetes mellitus, thyroid diseases, adrenal disorders, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders, calcium disorders, and metabolic disorders.

Some of the common conditions treated by Dr. Kenneth Shephard, are listed below:

Adrenal Mass/Adenoma

  • Adrenal Incidentaloma

    Adrenal Incidentaloma is an unsuspected tumor in one or both of your adrenal glands usually found during an imaging test.

Calcium Disorder

  • Hypercalcemia

    Hypercalcemia is a condition in which you have too much calcium in your blood.

  • Hypocalcemia

    Hypocalcemia is a condition in which your body has too little calcium.

Diabetes Type 2

  • Diabetes Type 2

    Diabetes Type 2 occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.

Lipid Disorders

  • Elevated Cholesterol

    Elevated cholesterol also known as hypercholesterolemia is when there are high amounts of cholesterol found in your blood.

  • Hyperlipidemia

    Hyperlipidemia is a condition when there are too many lipids or fats in the blood. It can increase the risk of disease of the blood vessels leading to stroke and heart disease.

Lymph Nodes

  • Lymph Nodes

    Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that are a part of the body’s immune system primarily found in the neck, armpits and groin area.

Osteopenia/Osteoporosis

  • Osteopenia

    Osteopenia refers to bone density that is lower than normal peak density but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis causes bones to become so weak and brittle that a fall, bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.

Parathyroid Disease

  • Hyperparathyroidism

    Hyperparathyroidism is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to over activity of one or more of the body’s four parathyroid glands.

  • Hypoparathyroidism

    Hypoparathyroidism is a condition in which the body doesn’t make enough parathyroid hormone, a hormone that regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in your body’s bones and blood.

  • Parathyroid Adenoma (Non Malignant)

    A parathyroid adenoma is a non cancerous benign tumor on one of your parathyroid glands which are located in the neck, near or attached to the back side of the thyroid gland.

  • Parathyroid Disease

    Parathyroid Disease can be divided into those causing hyperparathyroidism and those causing hypoparathyroidism.

  • Parathyroid Tumor

    Parathyroid Tumor, other than a Malignant tumor.

Pituatary Adenoma

  • Cushing's Syndrome

    Cushing’s Syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body has a high level of the hormone cortisol.

  • Elevated Cortisol Levels

    Elevated cortisol levels in the blood usually indicate the presence of Cushing’s syndrome.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Polycysitc Ovarian Syndrome is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance and can cause problems with their periods and make it difficult to get pregnant.

Thyroid Abnormalities

  • Abnormal Thyroid

    Abnormal Thyroid can include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules, which can be a sign of thyroid cancers. Regular thyroid screening can help detect these.

  • Goiter

    Goiter can be one of several types of growths in the thyroid gland located at the base of the front side of the neck.

  • Graves' Disease

    Graves’ Disease an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones and the entire thyroid gland becomes enlarged.

  • Hashimoto's Disease

    Hashimoto’s Disease a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple.

  • Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism is when an overactive thyroid gland is producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones that circulate in the blood.

  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone.

  • Thyroid Cyst

    Thyroid Cysts represent enlarged fluid-filled regions of the thyroid that may be small or quite large and sometimes arise very suddenly.

  • Thyroid Nodule

    Thyroid Nodules are lumps or swelling that appears on the thyroid gland.

  • Thyroiditis

    Thyroiditis is the inflammation or swelling of the thyroid gland.

Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Vitamin D Deficiency

    Vitamin D Deficiency is when the level of vitamin D in your body is too low, it can cause your bones to become thin and brittle.

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