This section covers the common types of endocrine diseases.
What is endocrinology?
The endocrine system is made up of a network of glands which secrete hormones to regulate bodily functions, including growth and metabolism.
Endocrine disorders can be divided into three broad groups: Endocrine gland hyposecretion leading to hormone deficiency, endocrine gland hypersecretion, leading to hormone excess, and tumours of endocrine glands.
How common are endocrine disorders?
A disease due to a disorder of the endocrine system is often called a “hormone imbalance”. Common endocrine disorders include diabetes, growth disorders, osteoporosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and thyroid disorders.
Less common endocrine disorders include Cushing’s syndrome and Addison’s disease.
How can endocrine disorders be prevented?
You can reduce your risk of certain endocrine disorders by eating a balanced, healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle with regular physical activity.
How are endocrine disorders treated?
Many endocrine disorders can be successfully treated with replacement substances or corrective surgery to the gland. Modern treatment is generally quite effective for endocrine disorders, and severe consequences of endocrine dysfunction are rare.
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