Pediatric Endocrinology

WHAT IS PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY?

Physicians trained in Pediatric Endocrinology focus on childhood diseases related to diabetes, obesity, growth problems and other rare conditions of the endocrine system. The pediatric background coupled with further training in endocrinology places the Pediatric Endocrinology specialist in a unique caretaker role. Having learned as a pediatrician to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases specific to children, this physician has a broad understanding of primary care. Add to this training in endocrinology and the Pediatric Endocrinologist is highly qualified to handle specific childhood diseases in this area.

With the explosion of childhood obesity in America, the Pediatric Endocrinologist's role as caretaker has become ever more important. The complications arising from childhood obesity include Type 2 diabetes, putting youngsters at increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke when reaching young adulthood. Much of the Pediatric Endocrinologist's time is spent educating patients and parents about blood sugars, medications, diet and exercise. This condition and other endocrine disorders, left untreated, can have permanent, unwanted effects on a child's general health and well-being.

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