Endocrinology or Lipid Specialist ?

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-11-20 11:48:23 -0600
Started 2014-11-19 13:30:38 -0600

Are Endocrinology and a Lipid Specialist the same. What should I expect with my first visit. What can a Lipid Specialist do to help me.

5 replies

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-19 16:36:45 -0600 Report

Hi Bre,
From the article shared by Joyce I would think that they would get a really good history and maybe even want to know what you eat and how often you excerise, I would take a weeks worth of an eating history with me, it could be helpful. I would guess they will do labs, unless your Doctor send them current labs. Maybe a stress test would be set up or other cardiac testing. It also sounds like maybe some endo's are lipid specialists as well. Let us know, I would guess that most of us have never heard of a lipid specialist. Also, remember that when you are looking things up on line, some things are not true or not by a professional and they usually give the worst case senerio. I made the mistake of looking up gallbladder surgery before mine and it had me so scared I didn't want to have it done, but I was the best thing I could have done and I had no problems. Make sure you take the source of the information into account. Best of luck to you.

BreC 2014-11-19 17:05:56 -0600 Report

Thank you. I had never heard of a Lipid specialist and the only way I knew of an Endo specialist was from reading some posts on diabetes sites. After being told that I was being sent to a LS I wondered if the 2 were the same kind of doctor. If their studies were along the same lines. Even at 60 years old there is something I can learn everyday. Just have to ask questions and listen.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-19 14:15:56 -0600 Report


You always have the option of using Google to find out information. The one thing a diabetic has to do is self educate. You can't expect what happens for one to happen with you. I learned a lot not from asking questions here but on my own and communicating with my doctor. If your doctor refers you to another doctor you have to ask why and what he hopes to find out. People on a forum can't answer and should not answer medical questions because no one has your medical history. I always ask why I am being referred to another doctor, what to expect from that doctor and what my doctor is trying to find out.

If you have a cholesterol problem the lipid specialist will deal with that as for your first visit why not call to find out what to expect. Each person is different. No one can tell you what to expect.

You can expect to fill out paperwork, and what each doctor does before an exam such as weight, BP, temp and you may have to have lab work. and answer his/her questions before, during and after the exam and this would be the time for you to ask your questions and get some answers. Never ever not question a doctor.

BreC 2014-11-19 16:16:20 -0600 Report

My main question was is there a difference between the 2 specialist. And I was wondering if anyone else has been through this and if someone could give me some insight into what the doctor can do to help me. I went for bloodwork AFTER my last doctor visit and got a call from his office telling me about my results and they would be setting up an appointment for me with the specialist. I am 60 years old and have had my fair share of filling out paperwork. Just a couple simple questions asked.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-20 11:48:23 -0600 Report

Brec some times we have to do our own research. You have no idea if what someone is telling you is accurate. I have been to an endo but not an LS. I can't tell you what happened when I went to my endo because what happened with me could be totally different from what might happen from you. Even AFTER your visit you got the call, this is when you ask questions.

My neighbor and I go to the same health center and we are both T2 diabetics. We have different doctors. She asked me what my doctor did when I saw him. He doctor doesn't do half of what mine does which makes her visit totally different from my visit. That is why I can't tell you what to expect. I have no idea what your endo will do. You cannot compare yourself with anyone else because each person's visit can be different.