Your endocrine system is made up of glands in your body. These glands send hormones into your bloodstream.
Hormones are chemicals that tell cells and organs what to do. Your body makes hundreds of hormones. They help control things like your appetite and your blood pressure. They even play a role in how your body reacts to stress. An example is the way insulin tells your cells how to use sugar for energy. Sex hormones control male and female traits, puberty, childbirth, and menopause.
Some endocrine problems, like type 1 diabetes, can't be prevented. But there are things you can do to prevent other problems or make them better:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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