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Endocrine Diseases

Description

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.

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Research Protocol July 12, 2017
Consumer Summary Archived November 29, 2016
Consumer Summary Archived November 29, 2016
Systematic Review Archived April 19, 2016
Systematic Review Archived September 28, 2015
Research Protocol Archived June 5, 2014
Methods Guide – Chapter July 25, 2013
Systematic Review Archived March 25, 2013