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Endocrinology is the branch of medicine focused on hormones and the glands that produce them.
More than 50 hormones regulate an extensive range of functions, including metabolism, breathing, growth, reproduction, sensory perception, blood sugar, sleep and more.
The endocrinologists at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology see patients with diabetes as well as many other endocrine disorders.
Some of the conditions they treat are:
- Adrenal disorders, such as Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome
- Bone, calcium and other metabolic bone diseases
- Tumors on endocrine glands
- Hypogonadism (low sex hormones)
- Thyroid diseases, such Graves' disease and Hashimoto's
- Pituitary disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women
- Enlarged male breast tissue
Our services also include a pediatric endocrinology practice.
Endocrine Practices at University of Maryland
Thyroid Practice - Specializes in treating all thyroid diseases including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules and cancer. Our practice has a dedicated ultrasound machine for diagnostic imaging and fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies can be done in the practice.
Pituitary Practice - Diagnoses, evaluates and treats tumors and other disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. We take a multi-disciplinary approach with our colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, radiology and radiation oncology.
Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Practices - Sees adults at UMMC and UMMC Midtown Campus with osteoporosis, Paget disease of bone, parathyroid disorders, kidney stones, vitamin D disorders, brittle bone disease, hereditary form of rickets and others.
Weight Management and Healthy Living- Provides care for overweight and obese individuals — with or without diabetes — through medical, dietary and behavioral management. Close relations with the nutrition educators and the bariatric surgery program at UMMC allow comprehensive care of the patient.