Pediatric Endocrinology of NY
Chhavi Agarwal, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist located in Scarsdale, NY
Obesity can lead to a lifetime of major health problems. At Pediatric Endocrinology of New York, with locations in both Scarsdale and Flushing, New York, top-rated pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Chhavi Agarwal provides expert diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with hormone-related obesity.
Obseity Q & A
Can hormone imbalances cause obesity?
Yes. Obesity is a chronic medical problem that affects about a third of this country’s population and is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30% or greater. In most cases, obesity is the result of a diet high in calories and a lifestyle too low in calorie-burning activity. However, in very rare instances, even among children and adolescents, obesity can actually be the result of a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalances that can lead to obesity include an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), Cushing's syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). When children or adolescents have obesity-related hormone imbalances, they typically experience other symptoms, as well. These most often include:
- Increased drinking and urination
- Excessive hunger
- Feeling cold
- Bowel irregularities
- Changes in hair, skin and/or nails
- Short stature
What are the longer-term complications of obesity?
Left untreated, obesity can lead to a multitude of serious health issues such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, stroke, high blood pressure, infertility, obstructive sleep apnea, and even some cancers.
How is endocrine related obesity treated?
Dr. Agarwal begins by evaluating each child’s medical history and conducting a complete physical examination that will include simple blood tests to measure hormone levels. If his or her obesity is determined to be related to abnormal function of the endocrine system, it can be treated with medications to help regulate the release of specific hormones throughout the body. This is a highly-precise science. As a pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Agarwal is uniquely qualified to assess a young patient’s hormones and metabolism, the cause of obesity, and design an effective treatment plan. Estrogen, insulin, human growth hormone, adrenaline, and the hormones released by the thyroid gland can all be replaced or supported by hormone replacement therapy and may play a role in a child or adolescence issue with obesity.
Our Insurance Policy
We accept most insurance plans, please contact our office to discuss the particulars of your benefit package and our current network participation status. We will work with you and your carrier to provide you the best care.