Disorders of the Endocrine System

WVU Medicine’s endocrinology department offers both inpatient and outpatient evaluation for endocrine and metabolic disorders. In the U.S., diabetes is the most common endocrine disease. Other endocrine problems include:

  • thyroid abnormalities
  • growth hormone disorders
  • adrenal and pituitary disorders

Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million people, or 8% of the population of the U. S., who have diabetes. Of that total, 24% are undiagnosed, so they don’t know they have the disease.

Each day, approximately 3,561 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many people discover that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Blindness
  • Nerve disease
  • Amputation

About 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the U. S., and it has no cure.