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Endocrinology is a branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the endocrine system and its particular secretions called hormones. Endocrinologists are doctors trained in internal medicine to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of those glands as well as metabolic systems that generate hormones.

One interesting branch into endocrinology career is the study of nutrition facts. In hospitals, nutrition may refer to the food requirements of patients, including nutritional solutions delivered via an intravenous or intragastric tube.

How to become an endocrinologist

To become an endocrinologist, you need to finish four years of medical school and then spend three or four years in an internship and residency program. They spend two or three more years learning how to make a diagnosis and treat. That indicates a total of about 10 years of education to become an endocrinologist.

Nature of the work

Endocrinologists are educated to diagnose and treat hormone problems by helping to re-establish the normal equilibrium of hormones in your system. Endocrinologists perform basic investigate to learn the way glands work, and clinical research to learn the best techniques to treat patients. Endocrinologists produce new drugs and treatments for hormone problems. They take care of several conditions including:
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Over or under production of hormones
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypertension
  • Cholesterol (lipid) disorders
  • Infertility
  • Lack of growth (short stature)
  • Cancers of the endocrine glands


The annual salary for an endocrinologist goes from $155,000 to $200,000