Friday, January 27, 2012

True Hormone Specialists are Endocrinologists

True hormone specialists are endocrinologists.
Here in Ohio you can find board certified medical doctors who are true hormone specialists.
By true hormone specialist, I mean an expert in diagnosis and treatment of hormonal disorders.

Anyone can claim they are a hormone specialist.
I have seen nurses, chiropractors and others including so-called naturopathic doctors claim they are hormone specialists.
But only endocrinologists are real or true hormone specialists.

Endocrinologists are medical specialists in internal medicine who go on to receive an additional 2-3 years of training specifically to diagnose and treat hormonal disorders. 
Endocrinologists all will have either M.D. or D.O. after their name.

In the United States, to become an endocrinologist you must first finish high school, then 4 years of college, then 4 years of medical school, then 3 years of internal medicine residency.
And after that, 2-3 years of in depth, specialized training is required.
The last 2-3 years is the fellowship in endocrinology.

To become board certified, this hormone specialist called endocrinologist has to pass an extensive exam after the fellowship.

You should check to see if the doctor you are thinking of seeing is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. 
You should ask the office staff to be sure.

Of course, not all Board Certified Endocrinologists are the same, just as not all surgeons or accountants or attorneys are the same.
But being a Board Certified Endocrinologist is a good starting point to determine if your doctor is a true hormone specialist.

And his or her learning should not stop after the fellowship. 
All good physicians must continually read and think and analyze as new developments occur.
Knowledge changes. What we knew 2 years ago is not what we know now.

All endocrinologists like other physicians, with the M.D or D.O. after their name, must have a required amount of approved continuing medical education each year. 
If not, they can lose their license to practice. 
This is true not just in Ohio, but in all 50 states in the U.S.

All true hormone specialists will provide the most up to date treatment based upon the highest quality science. This science relies heavily on randomized, controlled clinical trials.  

Emphasis on randomized, controlled clinical trials helps ensure that endocrinologists minimize the risk and maximize the benefit for our patients.

Others who are not true hormone specialists either do not know about or care about randomized controlled clinical trials. That is why some of these people come up with gimmicks like bio-identical hormone therapy.
In my view, these gimmicks serve to promote their practice and are not based upon sound scientific principles.

Practicing the highest quality science appears to be unimportant to many of  these folks.
I think this is wrong and can hurt their patients who put their trust in them. 
I felt strongly enough about this that I wrote a recent letter to our Cleveland Ohio newspaper, the Plain Dealer.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an edited version of that letter this week.
I will provide the unedited version in an upcoming post.

Hormonal diagnosis should be based upon the most sound science.  
And treatment should, as much as possible, be proven to work.

See a board certified endocrinologist to get safe, sensible diagnosis and treatment.
Endocrinologists are true hormone specialists.

1 comment:

  1. Some people do abuse the term "hormone specialist." Only endocrinologists specialize in hormones though. It's best to know which nutritionist Long Island to work with, most especially when you're trying to crush diabetes.