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Endocrinology

The endocrine system consists of glands that secrete hormones directly into the blood. Hormones have many different functions and modes of action; one hormone may have several effects on different target organs, and, conversely, one target organ may be affected by more than one hormone.

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The clinical specialty of endocrinology focuses primarily on the endocrine organs, meaning the organs whose primary function is hormone secretion.

These organs include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes, and pancreas.

An endocrinologist is a physician who specializes in treating disorders of the endocrine system, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and many others


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Dr.Ben Ng is an amazing doctor I must say!

Much thanks to him I'm on metformin, and I wouldn't have to worry about getting type2 diabetes! :)

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Work Stress Might Not Be The Cause Of Hormonal Imbalance, This S'porean Endocrinologist Tells You Why

Hormonal imbalance may be considered as an elusive condition. Many Singaporeans suffer from it without them even realising it!

It's often brushed off as common mood swings or a sign of fatigue. A lot of people are unware that this seemingly insignificant condition is a potential gateway to a whole host of other serious problems.

Dr Marilyn Lee, an accredited Specialist in Endocrinology, answered a lot of questions from the DxD Community on common disorders and diseases related to hormonal imbalance.

Here's what she had to share.  

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Ask Dr Marilyn Lee: Hormonal Imbalance

Experiencing bloating, insomnia, unexplained weight gain/loss? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Find out what these symptoms mean and when do they become a real cause of concern from Dr Marilyn Lee, an expert endocrinologist (a doctor that specialises in hormones) on DxD Sessions.

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5 Hormonal Causes of Infertility In Women And Men

Due to the hectic lifestyles that Singaporeans lead, many don’t settle down until they’re in their 30's. I commonly see patients in my endocrine clinic who had no idea that they were having hormonal issues in the first place (until they started trying for a baby)! 

In this article, I describe 5 conditions where hormones can affect fertility, as well as the corresponding treatments.

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7 Things Singaporeans Must Know About Prediabetes

By 2035, 1 in 4 Singaporeans will be prediabetic. It’s time we get acquainted with prediabetes, the precursor of diabetes. 

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The Essential Guide To PCOS In Singapore (2018)

Many Singaporeans are not aware that their symptoms are due to PCOS. In this article, I’ll be addressing the common concerns that women with PCOS may have. The beauty of PCOS (and of most things in endocrinology) is that it's a readily treatable condition.

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Your Essential Guide To Erectile Dysfunction In Singapore

Ever wondered about your options for treating erectile dysfunction (ED) in Singapore?

ED is one of my favourite topics to talk about, and I'm here to break down the issue for you from a medical perspective. With a good understanding of the reasons behind ED, ensuring that your tools work as they should is really as simple as 1…2…3!

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Doc, I have “Thyroid” – Here's What You Need To Know!

I often encounter friends and patients who tell me that they have “thyroid”, as if their thyroid gland is a disease or a problem. The fact is, everybody has a thyroid gland.

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in front of the windpipe. It's function is to produce thyroid hormones that regulate your metabolism (how your body use energy).

Most people have a perfectly normal thyroid gland. You don’t have to do anything at all if your thyroid gland is healthy!

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Are You Testosterone Deficient?

In my practice, I often see men in their 30s with constantly low energy and a poor sex drive, wondering if there's something wrong with them. These group of men usually attribute their symptoms to a stressful work environment.

Instead, what I commonly find is that they have low testosterone levels.

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5 Truly Horrifying Consequences of Diabetes That Singaporeans Need To Know About Today

Read only if you have a strong stomach.

Just in case you've been spending too much time on Instagram and missed the news, Singapore has declared a war on diabetes in 2017.

Why? Well, for the simple reason that we have 440 000 diabetics, the second highest proportion of diabetics in the world (1st place belongs to the USA). If this rate keeps up, we'll have 1 million diabetics by 2050.

Beyond using diabetes as a running gag about eating too much desserts, I’m frequently astounded by how little my patients and friends know about diabetes.

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Thank you for your question. High thyroid hormones in your blood can possibly cause your body to lose more potassium. But it is not routine advice that I give my patients. When the thyroid condition is properly controlled, the normal intake of potassium from daily food intake...
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Dear Pearlyn, Diabetes mellitus is medical condition that causes blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise higher than normal in the body. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In a normal individual, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which allow the cel...
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Dear Mabelle, Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common type of diabetes. Up to 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. The risk for someone to develop type 2 diabetes is multi-factorial. Both heredity (genetics) and lifestyle/environmental factors play a role ...
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Dear ma’am It would be prudent to continue monitoring your thyroid modules. Multi modular thyroid goitre is fairly common in females. As surgeons, we only consider surgery if there are any compressive symptoms like swallowing or breathing difficulties, any voice c...
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Hello Sabrina, It seems like you have inflamed acne with post inflammatory erythema (PIE) and post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH). There are many treatment options for acne and usually a combination approach will give you the best result. Topical cream (retinoid/ an...
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Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system ‘attacks’ the body’s own thyroid gland. Antibodies produced by the immune system stimulate the thyroid gland to overproduce thyroid hormones. Graves’ disease is the most common fo...
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I probably wouldn’t call it “best treatment”. The term “most suitable treatment” would probably be a better term to use. The treatment plan would be tailored to what your priorities are. For example, if you’re having difficulty conceiving, Clomiph...
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Certain conditions can be prevented, whilst others can’t. For example, if you have thyroid autoimmunity (antibody against the thyroid gland), you cannot prevent yourself from developing abnormal thyroid function. If you have PCOS, a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy ...
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This again depends on what type of hormonal imbalance you are referring to. For example, in the case of hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid hormone), the commonest cause is Grave’s disease and medical therapy for about 18 months is a common treatment modality. If it is hypoth...
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Commonly used antidepressants like SSRIs and SNRIs will not affect the hormones. Other medications like mood stabilisers (e.g., lithium carbonate, quetiapine, olanzapine) may affect the hormones in the body. Mood stabilisers are used to augment your response to the antidepressant...
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Hi Joey, I presume that your gynae performed the ultrasound scan to rule out PCOS (given that you also have irregular periods). You have a cyst in your right ovary - cysts are very common in women who are still ovulating, and are almost always benign (none-worrying, and go away b...
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Dear ma’am It would be prudent to continue monitoring your thyroid modules. Multi modular thyroid goitre is fairly common in females. As surgeons, we only consider surgery if there are any compressive symptoms like swallowing or breathing difficulties, any voice c...
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Hello Siti, Hormonal acne usually affects the lower 1/3 of the face (jawline/ chin) and it can be related to menses. From what you have described (increased facial hair and irregular periods), you may want to see a gynaecologist to rule out a condition known as polycystic ovar...
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Thank you for getting in touch with us. These brown lines are usually the result of pigments being deposited right below where the nail is growing. The medical term is melanonychia. There can be quite a long list of possible causes for this. But most of the time it is not somethi...
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Hello Sabrina, It seems like you have inflamed acne with post inflammatory erythema (PIE) and post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH). There are many treatment options for acne and usually a combination approach will give you the best result. Topical cream (retinoid/ an...
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