The word hormone means to “excite”. Hormones affect our mental and physical health as well as emotions and moods. The endocrine system is responsible for hormone production and regulation. The master hormone is Human Growth Hormone or HGH and it not only is responsible for growth but for regulating other hormones in the body. Hormones are produced by the body's glands that comprise the endocrine system.
What exactly is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is a complex group of organs known as glands that produce the body's hormones. These substances help to regulates and control activities in your body through a system of messengers and receptors. Different types of hormones control sexual reproduction and function, metabolism, growth and development, temperature, sleep, tissue and organ maintenance and repair.
Hormones also control the way you respond to your environment. They help to provide the proper amount of energy and nutrition your body needs to function. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.
What is an endocrinologist?
An endocrinologist is a specially trained hormone doctor. Endocrinologists diagnose diseases that affect your glands. They know how to treat conditions that are often complex and involve many systems within your body. Your primary care doctor refers you to an endocrinologist when you have a problem with your endocrine system or a hormonal imbalance.
What do endocrinologists do?
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and hormone related health problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in your system. They take care of many hormone health conditions including:
- thyroid diseases
- metabolic disorders
- over or under production of hormones
- cholesterol (lipid) disorders
- lack of growth (short stature) - growth hormone
- adrenal fatigue
- femalse sexual dysfuncion and erectile dysfunction
- cancers of the endocrine glands
Endocrinologists also conduct research to learn the way different glands work and impact the body, and conduct clinical research to learn the best methods to treat patients with a hormone imbalance or hormone deficiency. Through research, endocrinologists develop new drugs, therapies and treatments for hormonal health problems.
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