pediatric endocrinology

This website provides reliable information about hormonal disorders, growth disorders and diabetes in children and adolescents. 

The website is managed by members of BESPEED, i.e. the Belgian Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology. The members of this society are paediatric endocrinologists from 8 university centres and several other hospitals in Belgium and Luxembourg.

This website provides reliable information about hormonal disorders, growth disorders and diabetes in children and adolescents. 

The website is managed by members of BESPEED, i.e. the Belgian Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology. The members of this society are paediatric endocrinologists from 8 university centres and several other hospitals in Belgium and Luxembourg.

What is paediatric endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones. Endocrinologists are physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands.  

A paediatric endocrinologist treats children and adolescents who have troubles related to hormones or glands, including diabetes and growth disorders.  

The endocrine system and hormones

The endocrine system is composed of a series of hormonal organs and glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions. They control many different bodily functions, including breathing, metabolism, reproduction, movement, sexual development and growth. 

Hormones are produced by specific organs and glands and are sent through the bloodstream to the various tissues in the body. They give the tissues signals telling them what they are supposed to do. When the glands do not produce the right amount of hormones, diseases develop that can affect many aspects of life.  

Hormone disorders

Hormones are produced by hormonal organs and glands and are sent into the bloodstream to the various tissues in the body. They send signals to those tissues to tell them what they are supposed to do. When the glands or organs do not produce the right amount of hormones, diseases develop that can affect many aspects of life.

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This website is not intended to provide advice or a diagnosis. This website is only intended to provide information. Do you have questions? Talk to your doctor or contact a specialist