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Endocrine Society publishes comprehensive report on hormone health statistics

Introductory chapter of Endocrine Facts and Figures report spotlights obesity

The Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society today published the first chapter of a new report compiling the latest peer-reviewed statistics on hormone health conditions into a single resource.

Endocrine Facts and Figures provides patients, physicians, researchers, journalists, policymakers and consumers with a comprehensive source of epidemiological data and trends on a breadth of endocrine diseases and related conditions.

"The Endocrine Society has created a compendium of data for anyone seeking to better understand the impact of hormone health conditions," said Society Past President Robert A. Vigersky, MD, who chaired the Endocrine Facts and Figures Advisory Panel. "Endocrine diseases like obesity and diabetes affect millions of people. This report combines the best peer-reviewed data on these conditions in a single location."

The initial chapter focuses on obesity, a condition that affects 35.1 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children in the United States. The report discusses important research breakthroughs and treatment options for obesity. In addition, the chapter provides statistics on metabolic syndrome, a related condition that occurs when a person has a cluster of risk factors, including excess body fat, which increase the chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Future chapters scheduled to be published later this year will examine thyroid conditions, bone and calcium diseases, cardiovascular and lipid disorders, hypothalamic-pituitary disorders, adrenal health, cancers and neoplasias, reproductive and development disorders, and diabetes. The chapters are scheduled to be published on a monthly basis throughout the remainder of the year.

The Endocrine Society's world-renowned physician and scientific experts compiled the data from peer-reviewed publications. The 2015 edition will focus on data from the United States. Future updates will incorporate additional data from other countries.

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In addition to Dr. Vigersky, other members of the Endocrine Facts and Figures Advisory Panel are Ursula B. Kaiser, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA; Sherita H. Golden, MD, MHS, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; Joanna L. Spencer-Segal, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; R. Michael Tuttle, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY; and Endocrine Society Past President William F. Young, Jr., MD, MSc, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. George A. Bray, MD, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, and Marc-Andre Cornier, MD, of the University of Colorado in Denver, CO, served as expert reviewers for the obesity chapter.

To sign up for updates and to access digital versions of the report and related resources, visit endocrinefacts.org.

Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, the Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 18,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at http://www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/EndoMedia.

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