The Endocrine System How it Works

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What is the Endocrine System?

Endocrine comes from two Greek words: "endo" meaning within, and "crinis" meaning to secrete.The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones. Those hormones affect almost every organ and cell in the body. Some bodily functions which are are regulated by these hormones include:

In general, this is how the endocrine system works:

Although hormones circulate throughout the body, each type of hormone is intended for specific organs and tissues.

What are the parts of the Endocrine System

The system includes the following parts:

The kidney, liver, heart, and gonads also sometimes assist the endocrine system.

Diseases or Disorders of the Endocrine System

Problems arise in the Endocrine system when:

Other things can also affect the endocrine system's functions:

The most common endocrine diseases or disorders are:

Many diseases and disorders of the endocrine system can be treated or managed.

Exercise and the Endocrine System

For most people, exercise can boost the number of hormones circulating in the body and improve the function of the organs. There is some research to indicate that particularly vigorous exercise might improve endocrine function.

Here are ways that exercise might help to keep your endocrine system healthy:

Once again, we find that exercise can help keep our bodies functioning and healthy.

See also:

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  2. This typically happens as a result of treatment for diabetes when too much insulin is taken. 

  3. from the University of New Mexico