The endocrine system consists of glands that produces chemicals called hormones, which help control many important body functions, for example, the system plays a role in how your heart beats, how your bones strengthen and grow. The endocrine system even plays a role in your ability to make a baby.
The body's endocrine system includes the pancreas, the thyroid, parathyroid, pineal, hypothalamus, adrenal and pituitary glands, and the ovaries and testes.
What Can Cause an Endocrine Disorder?
Endocrine disorders typically fall within two categories.
- The result of a gland producing too much or too little of a hormone. This is referred to as a hormone imbalance.
- Development of lesions in the endocrine system which may or may not affect your hormone level.