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What are the endocrine glands for?

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Great question!

Endocrine glands (thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, among many others) produce hormones.
A hormone is a molecule which is released into the blood to travel to other cells. When the hormone meets a receptor molecule in these other cells, the hormone can change the activity of that cell. For example, Insulin is a hormone which promotes the uptake of glucose in other cells in the body.

In brief: Great question!

Endocrine glands (thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, among many others) produce hormones.
A hormone is a molecule which is released into the blood to travel to other cells. When the hormone meets a receptor molecule in these other cells, the hormone can change the activity of that cell. For example, Insulin is a hormone which promotes the uptake of glucose in other cells in the body.
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Dr. Michael Robinson
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Endocrine glands make chemicals we call hormones which have a wide range of effect in the body

Endocrine glands are these so-called ductless gland system in the body which secrete chemicals we call hormones.
Hormones are produced in one place and travel to another place in the body to create a physiological effect. The body makes many different kinds of hormones which effect growth, sexual development and maturation, and maintenance of normal metabolic functions in the body.

In brief: Endocrine glands make chemicals we call hormones which have a wide range of effect in the body

Endocrine glands are these so-called ductless gland system in the body which secrete chemicals we call hormones.
Hormones are produced in one place and travel to another place in the body to create a physiological effect. The body makes many different kinds of hormones which effect growth, sexual development and maturation, and maintenance of normal metabolic functions in the body.
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