What is the Endocrine System?
posted by Endocrinology | July 27, 2017
Numerous processes take place throughout the body 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and one key factor in making sure all these processes work correctly is hormones. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers that are secreted by a group of glands in the body. This is known as the endocrine system.
Using the bloodstream for transportation, the endocrine system has several functions. Here’s a look at how the endocrine system works.
The endocrine system helps control each of these processes and systems:
The endocrine system spans from the brain down to the pelvic region, with several different parts:
To keep everything functioning, a few processes must be working properly:
If any of these steps don’t work properly, endocrine diseases could result. These include slowing metabolism, weight gain and hormonal shifts that could lead to things like heart disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes. Factors like stress, infections, chemical exposure, genetics and lifestyle habits can lead to increased risk of a disorder.
To learn more about your endocrine system or for any questions, speak to your doctor.
“What Is the Endocrine System?” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/endocrine-system-facts#1
“About the Endocrine System.” EndocrineWeb. https://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/about-endocrine-system
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.