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Endocrinology and Metabolism

Northwestern Medicine provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cancers and diseases of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Endocrinology and Metabolism at Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cancers and diseases of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Specialized services are provided for diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, thyroid cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and osteoporosis.

A metabolic disorder is a medical disorder that affects the production of energy within individual cells. The main conditions associated with metabolic disorders include insulin resistance, hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol abnormalities and an increased risk for clotting.

Most metabolic disorders are genetic, though a few are "acquired" as a result of diet, toxins and infections. Patients are most often overweight or obese. Type 2 Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus type 2, is the most commonly known metabolic disorder.

Your endocrine system

Your endocrine system is a complex system of hormones that regulates many of your body’s functions. Your endocrine system includes:

  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid
  • Pineal gland
  • Hypothalamus
  • Adrenal glands
  • Pituitary gland
  • Ovaries
  • Testes
  • Many other organs that respond to, change or metabolize hormones

Endocrinology and metabolism research

Since its establishment, basic and clinical research have been an integral part of the mission of Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine physicians are national leaders in many areas of clinical research.

We are committed to finding answers to today's most disabling and puzzling medical problems. Working collaboratively with the scientists of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, our physicians are translating exciting research advances discovered in the laboratory into more effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies for our patients.

The Division of Endocrinology/Metabolism has a training program supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)* and participates in several NIH-sponsored research trials, including the multicenter trial on prevention of diabetes and ongoing research into management of gestational diabetes. In addition, faculty members participate in NIH-sponsored National Center for Infertility Research.

Clinical trials

Find information on National Institute of Health sponsored Clinical Trials at Northwestern University, ClinicalTrials.gov.* Northwestern University offers easy access to information on clinical trials on a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Endocrinology teams provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

Conditions

  • Adrenal Gland Cancer and Disease
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Mellitus and Insipidus
  • Endocrine Gland Cancers and Tumors
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid Cancer and Disease
  • Pituitary Cancer and Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Disorders
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodules

Areas of Care

  • Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery Program

    The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery team is dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of endocrine tumors and benign endocrine disorders.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital U.S. News & World Report Best National Hospital, Diabetes and Endocrinology 2019-2020

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nationally recognized in Diabetes & Endocrinology (37th)

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How Your Circadian Clock Affects Your Workout Time

Northwestern Medicine MyFitnessPal Circadian Bass Article

The time of day you hit the gym could have an impact on the quality of your workout, according to research published in the October 2016 issue of Cell Metabolism.

Not So Sweet: Getting Smart About Sugar

Most of us are guilty of indulging in sugary foods and beverages over the holiday season. But with the new year, now is the time to get on track with your sugar intake. Knowing where to spot sugar is the first step.

“The first thing that everybody needs to figure out is where the sugar is in their diet,” says Lisa Neff, MD, an endocrinologist at the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Some sources of sugar are more obvious (think cookies, cake and ice cream), but others are well hidden.

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