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The endocrine system regulates many bodily functions, including metabolism, growth, reproduction, and sexual development. Endocrinology is an important field of medicine because it helps to diagnose and treat a variety of health problems that may occur because of abnormalities in hormone production or function. At Southern Maryland Medical Group, we’re committed to providing the highest quality endocrinology care to our patients. If you have questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please contact our office today.

What Is Endocrinology and Why Is It Important? 

Hormones are chemical messengers that control how your cells work and interact with each other. They’re made by endocrine glands such as the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, and adrenal glands. These glands release hormones into your bloodstream, where they travel to target cells and perform different functions depending on which hormone they are. Endocrinologists study hormones and how they affect the body. It is an extremely important part of internal medicine because some endocrine disorders can cause serious symptoms that require professional care to diagnose, treat and manage.

What Can an Endocrinologist Do and When Should You See One?

People with diseases or disorders of the endocrine system often need to see an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist can help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Endocrinologists treat patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders, calcium disorders, obesity, and problems with growth and puberty. They also treat patients who are experiencing symptoms of menopause or low testosterone levels. You may need to see an Endocrinologist if you are dealing with one or more of these common symptoms: 

  • Thinning hair
  • Unexpected weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Menstrual changes such as irregular periods or infertility
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Change in glucose or cholesterol levels 

Which Diseases Do Endocrinologists Treat?

Hormones control everything from how tall you grow to how fast your heart beats, from how well you sleep at night to how much energy you have during the day. They also help maintain a healthy metabolism and reproductive system, as well as regulate moods and emotions. Therefore, endocrinologists can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Adrenal Insufficiency 
  • Cancers that Affect Endocrine Glands 
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Hashimoto Thyroiditis

Are You Looking for a Local Endocrinologist? 

Hormones are the key players in your body’s chemical reactions, and they regulate pretty much everything from hunger to sleep. When it comes to keeping your body running smoothly, hormones are the unsung heroes, but they can also cause problems if they aren’t working properly. Our organization is dedicated to improving patient care by providing the most advanced treatments available for disorders related to endocrine glands and hormone production. The professionals at Southern Maryland Medical Group are committed to providing cutting-edge treatment options for patients with thyroid disease, diabetes, hypertension and other conditions that affect their endocrine systems or hormone production systems. Speak with our specialists to learn more or to schedule an upcoming appointment.

Our Locations

Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help. 

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Camp Springs, MD

5801 Allentown Road, Suite 400 Camp Spring, MD 20746

Phone: 301-868- 0150

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-868-0243

Greenbelt, MD

7500 Greenway Center, Dr #1200 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: 301-486-7580

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-486-7581

Riverdale, MD

6510 Kenilworth Ave, Ste 1400, Riverdale MD 20737

Phone: 301-618-0771

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-618-0772