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Endocrinology care in Greater Houston and East Texas

Regulating hormones and the endocrine system

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that play a crucial role in various physiological processes, including growth, metabolism, mood, and reproduction. Endocrinology is essential in understanding and managing conditions associated with hormone imbalances.

At St. Luke’s Health, our team of endocrinologists provides compassionate, customized care to people with hormonal imbalances. We leverage advanced research from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine to help improve patient outcomes. 

For example, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Texas to offer the transoral vestibular approach (TOVA) to remove the thyroid and parathyroid glands. This technique is minimally invasive, which means it prevents visible scarring on the neck and offers a shorter recovery time for patients. 

Hormonal conditions we treat 

Our specialists offer treatments for a wide variety of hormonal conditions related to the glands, including: 

 

Our network of care at St. Luke’s Health means you have access to a variety of specialists who can collaborate to provide a comprehensive approach to your condition. 

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Understanding hormones in endocrinology

  • Hormone production

    Endocrine glands, such as the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, and pancreas, produce hormones. Each hormone serves a specific purpose in the body.

  • Hormone regulation

    Hormone secretion is tightly regulated to maintain balance. Feedback mechanisms ensure that hormone levels stay within the optimal range.

  • Hormone functions

    Hormones affect a wide range of physiological processes, including metabolism, growth and development, immune system function, mood, and the body's response to stress.

  • Common hormones

    Some common hormones include insulin (regulates blood sugar), thyroid hormones (control metabolism), cortisol (responds to stress), and sex hormones (influence reproduction and secondary sexual characteristics).

  • Hormone imbalances

    Imbalances in hormone levels can lead to various health issues. For example, too much or too little insulin can result in diabetes, while thyroid hormone imbalances can cause hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

  • Endocrinology specialists

    Endocrinologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating hormonal disorders. They use a range of treatments, including medications and lifestyle interventions, to restore hormonal balance.

Endocrinologist Dr. Ruchi Gaba discusses thyroid disease on FOX 26 Houston

Frequently asked questions about endocrinology

While some hormonal imbalances are genetic, a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, and stress management can help maintain hormonal balance.

If you have symptoms like unexplained weight changes, extreme fatigue, or irregular menstrual cycles, it's advisable to consult an endocrinologist. Additionally, those with diabetes should see an endocrinologist regularly.

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