Endocrine system

The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete hormones to help the proper functioning of the body.  The hormones act as a chemical signal to coordinate a range of functions within the body.

The glands which make up the endocrine system are:

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pineal gland
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries
  • Testes

The endocrine system helps to control the following processes and systems:

  • Growth and development
  • Homeostasis (internal balance of body systems)
  • Metabolism (energy levels)
  • Reproduction
  • Response to stimuli (stress and/or injury; central nervous system)

(See also endocrine disrupting chemicals)

Leave a Reply