People who suffer from sudden weight loss or weight gain or have excessive hair loss or growth may suffer from an endocrine disorder. With the region’s only pediatric endocrinologist, Gundersen Health System provides diagnosis, education, and treatment to children as well as adults with diseases affecting the endocrine system.

The endocrine system contains several glands that release hormones into the blood stream. The endocrine system is responsible for:

  • Regulating mood
  • Growth and development
  • Tissue function
  • Metabolism
  • Sexual function
  • Reproductive processes

Symptoms of an endocrine disorder may include: 

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Excessive urination or thirst
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Heat or cold intolerance; excessive sweating
  • Hair loss or excessive growth
  • Neck enlargement

There are many diseases that affect the endocrine system. Some include: 

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Cholesterol and other lipid disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Hirsutism (Excessive facial and body hair)
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • Other metabolic diseases

Gundersen provides Endocrinology services in La Crosse. We also provide telemedicine and outreach at a variety of locations.

Endocrinology services in La Crosse are provided by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

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