Definition: What is the Endocrine System? ‘Endo’ is Greek for inside your body. ‘Crine’ is Greek for secretive. It is the system inside your body that acts as a controller Besides the nervous system the endocrine system is the main controlling system of our bodies.. Glands make the hormones. Hormones send messages to the endocrinal organs. The organ does what the hormones tell it to do.
Features The main features of the Endocrine System are the glands. Pituitary Gland- blood pressure -skull Thyroid Gland-bone growth rate, metabolism- neck Parathyroid Gland- Controls Calcuim - neck Adrenal Gland-adrenalin- kidneys Pineal Gland – sexual -brain Thymus Gland- white blood cells- chest cavity Testes-Sperm Ovaries-pregnancy
Connections The endocrine system and the nervous system helps the body function together. The endocrine system is everywhere in your body. The circulatory system and the endocrine system sends messages to each other.
Problems The endocrine system is very frail so many things can go wrong. An example is if one of your glands stops working properly or stops working altogether. If you don’t have enough iodine your thyroid gland will have big problems. Individuals have a disease called diabetes where they are not able to break down carbohydrates. If you have to much or to little of a hormone it can cause a big problamo.
Taking Care The three main steps to take care of your Endocrine System are: Getting rest Eating healthy food Avoiding Steroids (artificial hormones)
Glossary Diabetes- A disease that is caused by the body’s inability to process sugar. The pancreas is unable to use insulin (a protein hormone) properly. Carbohydrates- body's fuel Hormones- a glands messenger Organs- something that has a vital function in your body Glands-Something in your body that is composed of cells a plays a part in making hormones.
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