The medical specialty of Endocrinology and Nutrition is in charge of studying, assessing and treating metabolic hormonal and nutritional disorders. The endocrinologist specialists at Hospital Ochoa in Marbella study eating disorders and develop particular diets for cholesterol, uric acid, calcium, sodium, potassium, and iron.

General nutrition tips:

  • Have a moderate daily calorie intake.
  • Avoid sugary drink.
  • Avoid fast food and fats.
  • Reduce the daily intake of salt.
  • Be active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.


  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Disorders of calcium metabolism.
  • Short stature.
  • Delayed or advanced puberty.
  • Addison’s disease and other adrenal gland disorders.
  • Gynecomastia.
  • Pre and post-operative control of endocrine surgery.

Hospital Ochoa’s endocrinologists also study the metabolism of nutritional substances, both natural and artificial. This medical specialty is relatively young and tries to prevent dietary health issues via:

  • Dietary analysis.
  • Dietary advice.
  • Analysing the hormonal impact on weight.


The most common endocrinological-related symptoms found in patients at Hospital Ochoa in Marbella are tiredness, mood swings, weight fluctuations, irritability, and hot flashes. These are all signs of disorders typical of neuroendocrinological diseases, adrenal gland disorders, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, hypogonadism, diabetes, growth or development disorders, etc.


  • Thyroid nodules

A thyroid nodule is defined as an abnormal growth of thyroid gland cells. These are usually benign, but sometimes they may develop into a tumor, so it is important to monitor them closely. Should it become necessary, part of the thyroid gland may be removed.


  • Gastric restriction

In cases of morbid obesity, or when a patient’s health so demands it, weight loss surgery may be conducted. Gastric restrictive surgery and malabsorptive gastric bypass reduce the absorption of food by the body.

Diagnostic tests

Insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome occurs when the body does not react to insulin. This alteration occurs in the adipose tissue (body fat) where the insulin fails to have an effect on those cells. It can be diagnosed with fasting hyperinsulinemia and glycemia measurements or with an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

Hospital Ochoa also performs thyroid and adrenal tests.



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