Endocrine system

The endocrine system is the body system controlling the production of numerous hormones and similar substances. It involves numerous different types of endocrine glands and body cells, such as the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and many others. Endocrine symptoms depend greatly on the particular gland or hormone affected. Endocrine disorders include Pancreas Disorders, Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Parathyroid disorders, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, and many others.

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Your endocrine system includes eight major glands throughout your body. These glands make hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers. They travel through your bloodstream to tissues or organs. Hormones work slowly and affect body processes from head to toe. These include

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism - digestion, elimination, breathing, blood circulation and maintaining body temperature
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood

If your hormone levels are too high or too low, you may have a hormone disorder. Hormone diseases also occur if your body does not respond to hormones the way it is supposed to. Stress, infection and changes in your blood's fluid and electrolyte balance can also influence hormone levels.

In the United States, the most common endocrine disease is diabetes. There are many others. They are usually treated by controlling how much hormone your body makes. Hormone supplements can help if the problem is too little of a hormone.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)1

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Endocrine System: The system of glands that release their secretions (hormones) directly into the circulatory system. In addition to the Endocrine Glands, included are the Chromaffin System and the Neurosecretory Systems.2

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Endocrine system adverse event: A metabolism, endocrine, and exocrine system adverse event that occurs in endocrine system.3

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ endocrinediseases.html
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: OAE Ontology
  4. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ mooddisorders.html
  5. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ thyroiddiseases.html
  6. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ parathyroiddisorders.html

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