A paediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist is a doctor who specializes in the function of the glands and hormones in a child’s body. Some of the major endocrine glands include the pituitary and hypothalamus, the thyroid and parathyroid, adrenal glands, gonads (testes and ovaries) and the pancreas. Endocrine disorders can result from imbalances, deficiencies, excesses and alterations of timing resulting in abnormalities of growth, thyroid function, puberty, weight and diabetes.
Abnormalities in these systems can have short and long term health implications. Fortunately expertise and effective therapies are available for all endocrine disorders.