What is Kidney Disease?
What is the function of the kidneys? The kidneys are two fist-sized organs located in your back. To maintain life, you need at least one to work well. The work done by the kidneys is called renal function. The three major renal functions are to: Remove waste and...read more
Understanding Cushings Disease
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland that is directly connected to the stress response. In a healthy individual, releases adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), a hormone produced in the pituitary gland, stimulates the production and release of cortisol...read more
When should you see an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist diagnoses and treats hormone imbalances and other problems with your body’s endocrine glands. Endocrine glands include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries or testicles, hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Endocrine disorders tend to...read more
What is Hypopituitarism?
Hypopituitarism is a rare disorder in which your pituitary gland fails to produce one or more hormones, or doesn't produce enough hormones. The pituitary gland is a kidney-bean-sized gland situated at the base of your brain. It is part of your body's endocrine system,...read more
Early Signs of Diabetes
Did you know that the immune system and the processes that help the body heal don’t work so well when your sugar levels are high? If you are concerned about diabetes, call Dr. Pipek's office today at 321-259-9500. Request an appointment easily online:...read more
Are you experiencing tingling in your feet?
Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder diagnosed in the United States. There are diabetes warning signs and symptoms that both women and men have in common, for example: Tingling in feet and/or hands Excessive thirst and hunger Frequent urination Weight loss...read more
Early Signs of Osteoporosis
Do you have signs of early osteoporosis? 1. Receding gums. Receding gums are quite common and can be attributed to a variety of factors, one of which is bone loss. 2. Decreased grip strength. As we grow older, one of the surest ways to keep the risk of fracture to a...read more
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
Signs and symptoms of PCOS often develop around the time of the first menstrual period during puberty. Sometimes PCOS develops later, for example, in response to substantial weight gain. Signs and symptoms of PCOS vary. A diagnosis of PCOS is made when you experience...read more
What is Adrenal Insufficiency?
Adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, produce various hormones. Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient amounts of steroid hormones — primarily cortisol, which regulates sodium conservation, potassium secretion, and...read more
Metabolism is the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. Chemicals in your digestive system break the food parts down into sugars and acids, your body's fuel. A metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions in your body...read more
Signs of Hyperthyroidism
In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland is overactive. It produces too much of its hormone. Hyperthyroidism affects about 1% of women. It’s less common in men. Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, affecting about 70% of people with an overactive...read more
One way the body keeps itself in balance is by using chemical messengers called hormones to regulate various functions. Just above each of your kidneys is a small adrenal gland. These glands make hormones essential to a healthy life. When they don't make enough of...read more
What is Hyperglycemia?
Hyperglycemia means high glucose in the blood. Your body needs glucose to properly function. Your cells rely on glucose for energy. Hyperglycemia is a defining characteristic of diabetes—when the blood glucose level is too high because the body isn't properly using or...read more
Symptoms of Pituitary Disease
The pituitary gland is a tiny organ, the size of a pea, found at the base of the brain. As the “master gland” of the body, it produces many hormones that travel throughout the body, directing certain processes or stimulating other glands to produce other hormones....read more
Are you experiencing excessive unwanted hair growth?
Hirsutism is a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women. Hirsutism results in excessive amounts of dark, course hair on body areas where men typically grow hair — face, chest and back. Hirsutism is a medical condition that can arise from excess male...read more
Why are kidneys important for bone health?
Why are kidneys important for bone health? Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They remove wastes and extra fluid from your body, help make red blood cells, and help keep bones strong. They also help to keep the right amount of minerals in your blood. Minerals are...read more
Signs You May Have a Testosterone Deficiency
A few signs you may have a testosterone deficiency: 1. Low sex drive 2. Difficulty with erection 3. Low semen volume 4. Hair loss 5. Fatigue 6. Loss of muscle mass 7. Mood changes We take great pride in our exceptional one on one patient care, friendly staff, and...read more
Are you experiencing sudden weight gain?
Are you experiencing sudden weight gain? Many women report that changing estrogen levels affect their weight, particularly around menopause. They may notice that they are gaining weight, or that it is more difficult to lose weight. Some forms of estrogen are linked...read more
Symptoms of Menopause
Many women experience a variety of symptoms as a result of the hormonal changes associated with the transition to menopause. Around the time of menopause, women often lose bone density and their blood cholesterol levels may worsen, increasing their risk of heart...read more
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Sometimes type 2 diabetes can develop without any warnings signs. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it. That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes and determine if you should be...read more
Early Warning Signs of Osteoporosis
Early Warning Signs of Osteoporosis Osteoporosis can creep up on you without any visible symptoms – but sometimes there are ‘red flags’ that should prompt you to ask for testing. ⚠️Developing a stooped posture or progressive loss of height ⚠️Sudden back pain without...read more
New Patient Form
Save time before you arrive. Please click on the link below to download the New Patient Medical Form for Suntree Endocrinology. New Patient Medical...read more
Thyroid Disease Diagnosis & Treatment in Melbourne, FL
The thyroid, a small gland in your neck, can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions, and if you're a woman over 35 your odds of a thyroid disorder are high—more than 30%, by some estimates. Things can start to go wrong when your thyroid is under...read more