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Blake Epling, MD and Timothy K. Jackson, MD offer specialized care to help treat patients with hormone imbalances and metabolism disorders.
Are you concerned about a possible hormonal condition?
If so, United Hospital Center is pleased to let you know that you can seek treatment right here at Bridgeport Endocrinology. Dr. Blake Epling and Dr. Timothy Jackson are both board-certified endocrinologists who work with new and existing patients. You do not have to settle for a reduced quality of life due to a hormonal condition. We are happy to answer any questions you have or schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Epling or Dr. Jackson.
What is Endocrinology?
Although most people have at least some knowledge of hormones and their functions, they are usually less familiar with the term endocrinology. The term refers to the study of the human endocrine system, which is the part of your body that controls the functions of hormones. Endocrinologists have completed extensive study of the body’s glands to enable them to diagnose and treat these complex medical conditions.
The tiny size of hormones means that doctors not specially trained in this field may not recognize symptoms of hormonal dysfunction or offer the proper diagnosis and treatment for it. In fact, most new patients of Dr. Epling or Dr. Jackson come to Bridgeport Endocrinology after receiving a referral from their primary doctor.
Understanding the Endocrine System
Your endocrine system contains several glands that produce and secrete hormones, which your body uses to complete numerous functions. Some examples include:
- Growth and Development
- Tissue Function
- Sexual Function and Reproduction
As your glands produce hormones, they are released into your bloodstream to travel to different tissues in your body. The hormones send signals to the tissue providing guidance for the function to be performed.
Unfortunately, glands and hormones are not always synchronized. Sometimes glands produce too little or too much of a specific hormone. Depending on the area of the body affected, this can create many uncomfortable symptoms that can have a significant impact on quality of life.
Endocrinology Conditions Treated and Treatment Options
Dr. Epling and Dr. Jackson treat dozens of conditions caused by faulty hormone functioning. Two of the most common ones are hypothyroidism, which describes an underactive thyroid gland, and hyperthyroidism, the term for an overactive thyroid gland. With hypothyroidism, some of the most common symptoms include weight gain, dry skin, constipation, fatigue, and increased cold sensitivity. Hyperthyroidism typically has the opposite effect with symptoms of sweating, weight loss despite increased appetite, thinning hair, nervousness, and irritability.
Type 2 diabetes is another common outcome of hormone dysfunction. Others you may or may not recognize include:
- Addison’s disease
- Bone health
- Cholesterol and lipid disorders
- Cushing syndrome
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Erectile dysfunction
- Graves’ disease
- Infertility, both male and female
- Pituitary tumors & dysfunction
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid disease (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroid Nodules, Thyroiditis)
- Type 1 diabetes
Keep in mind that these are only some of the most common types of hormonal diseases, not a complete list. Bridgeport Endocrinology also treats all components of the endocrine system: adrenal glands, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid glands, pineal gland, pituitary gland, ovaries, testicles, and thyroid gland.
We offer comprehensive diabetes education including insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor training. Individual and group education classes are available.
Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor for a referral to Bridgeport Endocrinology if you feel that hormone dysfunction could be causing or contributing to your symptoms.