Endocrinology

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

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Adrenal Incidentaloma” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Adrenal Incidentaloma is an unsuspected tumor in one or both of your adrenal glands usually found during an imaging test.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Calcium Disorder

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Hypercalcemia” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Hypercalcemia is a condition in which you have too much calcium in your blood.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hypocalcemia” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Hypocalcemia is a condition in which your body has too little calcium.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Diabetes Type 2

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Diabetes Type 2″ list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Diabetes Type 2 occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Lipid Disorders

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Elevated Cholesterol” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Elevated cholesterol also known as hypercholesterolemia is when there are high amounts of cholesterol found in your blood.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hyperlipidemia” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]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.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Lymph Nodes

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Lymph Nodes” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]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.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Osteopenia/Osteoporosis

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Osteopenia” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Osteopenia refers to bone density that is lower than normal peak density but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Osteoporosis” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Osteoporosis causes bones to become so weak and brittle that a fall, bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Parathyroid Disease

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Hyperparathyroidism” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]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.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hypoparathyroidism” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]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.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Parathyroid Adenoma (Non Malignant)” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]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.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Parathyroid Disease” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Parathyroid Disease can be divided into those causing hyperparathyroidism and those causing hypoparathyroidism.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Parathyroid Tumor” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Parathyroid Tumor, other than a Malignant tumor.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Pituatary Adenoma

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Cushing’s Syndrome” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Cushing’s Syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body has a high level of the hormone cortisol.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Elevated Cortisol Levels” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Elevated cortisol levels in the blood usually indicate the presence of Cushing’s syndrome.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]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.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Thyroid Abnormalities

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Abnormal Thyroid” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Abnormal Thyroid can include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules, which can be a sign of thyroid cancers. Regular thyroid screening can help detect these.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Goiter” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Goiter can be one of several types of growths in the thyroid gland located at the base of the front side of the neck.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Graves’ Disease” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Graves’ Disease an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones and the entire thyroid gland becomes enlarged.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hashimoto’s Disease” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]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.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hyperthyroidism” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Hyperthyroidism is when an overactive thyroid gland is producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones that circulate in the blood.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Hypothyroidism” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Thyroid Cyst” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Thyroid Cysts represent enlarged fluid-filled regions of the thyroid that may be small or quite large and sometimes arise very suddenly.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Thyroid Nodule” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]Thyroid Nodules are lumps or swelling that appears on the thyroid gland.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Thyroiditis” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”16″ title_font_line_height=”18″ desc_font_size=”14″ desc_font_line_height=”16″]Thyroiditis is the inflammation or swelling of the thyroid gland.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

Vitamin D Deficiency

[info_list font_size_icon=”16″ connector_color=”#ffffff”][info_list_item list_title=”Vitamin D Deficiency” list_icon=”Defaults-check” title_font_size=”desktop:16px;” title_font_line_height=”desktop:18px;” desc_font_size=”desktop:14px;” desc_font_line_height=”desktop:16px;”]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.[/info_list_item][/info_list]

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