Endocrinology and diabetes

Endocrinologists and diabetologists (ED) are medical doctors who investigate, diagnose and treat disorders of the endocrine system.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

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Nature of the work

The main glands of the endocrine system are the adrenal glands, ovaries and testicles, pancreas, pituitary gland and thyroid gland. These glands secrete hormones (chemical messengers) into the blood or lymph which have an effect on specific organs of the body.

Endocrinology and diabetes is predominantly an outpatient specialty but a  number of patients require hospital admission for complex investigations or the management of complications. Furthermore, at least 15% of hospital inpatients have diabetes or other endocrine conditions. Increasingly, hospital-based specialists manage diabetes patients jointly with colleagues in primary care and training has been adjusted to reflect this.

Endocrinologists and diabetologists treat conditions such as:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:

Sub-specialties

Many endocrinologists and diabetologists develop sub-specialty interests such as:

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Other roles that may interest you

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