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    When to See an Endocrinologist and Why Should You ?

    Almost always your initial diagnosis will start with your primary care physician, but what’s the next step ? My goal with this post is to discuss when to see an endocrinologist and why you should. Dealing with any kind of diagnosis is difficult and some things can be treated by your primary care doctor, but should they ? What is an Endocrinologist ? Just like the countless medical specialties out there, there are doctors that train to specifically to treat diseases that are related to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the system of glands in the body that produce hormones that affect the following processes in the body…

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    Goiter – Causes and Risk Factors

    My whole world was turned upside down based on a word someone used to describe an enlarged thyroid gland, a goiter.  After the first mention of that word, I ran to the first mirror I could find to see what they were talking about.  Only to see something that I never noticed throughout my day to day life. What is a goiter exactly ? It’s clinically described as an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. What causes an an abnormal enlargement ? For some it’s lack of iodine in the diet, for others it could be Graves Disease, Hasimoto’s, a single nodule that presents as overall enlargement, multiple nodules, inflammation,…