What is Endocrinology
Endocrinology is a scientific and medical discipline with a unique focus on hormones. Hormones can be defined as chemical signals secreted internally by the glands, into the bloodstream, that act on distant tissues, and coordinate a range of bodily functions. Simply put, hormones are messengers between faraway body organs, traveling in the blood, and helping the body remain in a continual balance.
What are the Endocrine Glands?
Glands are small but highly important and specialized group of cells
that produce, store, and secrete hormones, and are located throughout
the entire body. Each group has a specific role and specific hormones.
This network of glands and their hormones constitute the endocrine system.
Glands of the Endocrine System :
What is under the control of the Endocrine System?
The endocrine system helps control the following body processes:
-Growth and development
-Homeostasis (the internal balance of body systems)
-Metabolism (body energy levels)
-Response to stimuli (stress and/or injury)