The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions. These control many different bodily functions, including:
Hormones are produced by glands and sent into the bloodstream to the various tissues in the body. They send signals to those tissues to tell them what they are supposed to do. When the glands do not produce the right amount of hormones, diseases develop that can affect many aspects of life.
In the United States, the most common endocrine disease is diabetes.
Key findings from the CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report
Other Endocrine Health Topics & Diseases:
The Endocrine System Glands:
Some of the factors that affect endocrine organs include aging, certain diseases and conditions, stress, the environment, and genetics.
This information is meant to be informative but not prescriptive. Their purpose is to provide information on diseases and processes, rather than dictate a specific form of diagnosis or treatment. The ultimate judgment regarding the propriety of any specific procedure must be made by the physician after all the circumstances are presented by the individual patient.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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