Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, affecting everything from blood sugar to bone strength, and are also capable of promoting some cancers, explains Dr. Ellis Levin, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and Vice-Chair in the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. In this tightly written book, the eminent clinician/researcher explores endocrinology medicine—the treatment of the body’s hormones.
One of the keys to good health is the identification and maintenance of normal amounts of hormones. To that end, the author explains how hormones work and how common diseases related to them such as diabetes, breast cancer, thyroid disease or osteoporosis can be identified early. Early measurement for these and other hormone-related diseases can prevent their potential development or progression and help maintain hormones in a healthy, normal range, he points out.
Without over-relying on medical jargon, Levin uses examples of poorly regulated hormones to help the reader understand hormonal disease progression, possible symptoms, and ways to prevent and improve the conditions. Physical activity, nutritional supplements such as vitamin D3 and pharmaceutical treatments are discussed, along with new and future developments, including gene therapy and artificial pancreatic transplants.
Readers looking for more detailed clinical information on hormone-related conditions can find other sources. But this well written, concise overview provides trusted, practical information to help consumers better understand the benefits of endocrinology medicine and begin to explore the early detection, treatment and lifestyle changes that may enable them to live their best lives with their body’s hormone messengers.
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