The endocrine system is made up of glands throughout the body that regulate the function, growth and development of tissues and organs by secreting hormones directly into the bloodstream. Endocrine disorders develop when a gland malfunctions and secretes either too much or too little of a hormone due to illness, surgical removal or natural causes. The Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Lahey is dedicated to delivering high-quality health care to patients with the full spectrum of endocrine and metabolic conditions. These include diabetes and disorders of the pancreas; weight problems; thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary diseases; calcium and metabolic bone disorders including osteoporosis; as well as male and female hormone imbalance including sexual dysfunction. Our physicians and programs have been recognized in Boston magazine and U.S. News & World Report. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has awarded the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate to Lahey's diabetes and self-management education program since 2002. Working together with physicians in Lahey's Cardiovascular Medicine Department, we are also breaking new ground in the study of "metabolic syndrome," a condition characterized by high blood pressure, an abnormal cholesterol profile and obesity. To ensure you receive the highest level of patient care, we provide ongoing continuing education to our staff and training of fellows, residents and medical students. Through research and participation in clinical trials, we strive to contribute to an expanding understanding of endocrinology and the ways in which it relates to your health and quality of life.