The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) today released its first annual list of the most frequently searched endocrine medical conditions for 2013, as measured by visits to the organization's patient education website, www.empoweryourhealth.org.
Mirroring Google's most-searched medical symptoms of 2013, diabetes (#3 in the Google list) and thyroid (#5 in the Google list) were also in the AACE website's top 10 searches, although the number of thyroid health searches within the empoweryourhealth.org website was double the number of diabetes searches.
The top 10 searched endocrine conditions on the AACE website:
3. Women's endocrine health
4. Parathyroid disorders
5. Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
6. Men's endocrine health
7. Adrenal glands
9. The pituitary glands
"Many people, while recognizing diseases like diabetes and hypothyroidism, don't have an understanding that these are conditions of the endocrine system," said Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., E.C.N.U. and 2013-2014 AACE President. "It's interesting to see the full range of endocrine-related conditions being searched for, as that certainly suggests that people are not only making the effort to educate themselves, but also that the need exists for robust and comprehensive medical information about an area of medicine that is so highly specialized."
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)