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Unit 6 - Endocrine System

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Sean Kasak

on 1 May 2017

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Transcript of Unit 6 - Endocrine System

The endocrine system sends and receives hormones using endocrine glands.
The endocrine system includes various organs that work together to regulate body functions.
How the Endocrine System Works
Chemical substances that help regulate many of your body’s functions
Ductless or tubeless organs or groups of cells that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
Endocrine glands
Adrenal Glands
Pituitary Gland
Pineal Gland
Parathyroid Glands
Thyroid Gland
Major Glands of the Endocrine System
How the Endocrine System Works
The anterior, or front, lobe of the pituitary gland produces these hormones:
Stimulates production of all other sex hormones
Stimulates production of hormones in the adrenal glands
Stimulates the thyroid gland to produce hormones
Hormone and
Luteinizing Hormone
Stimulates normal body growth and development
(Growth Hormone)
Anterior Lobe
The intermediate, or middle, lobe of the pituitary secretes melanocyte-stimulating hormone, which controls the
darkening of the pigments in the skin.
Intermediate Lobe
The posterior, or rear, lobe of the pituitary secretes antidiuretic hormone that regulates the
balance of water
in the body, and produces
, which stimulates the smooth muscles in the uterus during pregnancy, causing contractions during the birth of a baby.
Your endocrine health is directly related to your overall health.
To keep your endocrine system working at its peak, you need to follow sound health practices.
Maintaining Your Endocrine Health
Have regular medical checkups.
Engage in regular physical activity.
Tips for Maintaining Your Endocrine Health
Eat balanced meals to ensure that you get the nutrients you need.
Use stress-management techniques.
Get 8 ½ to 9 hours of sleep every night.
Overproduction of adrenal hormones
These Endocrine Disorders May Require Medication
Diabetes mellitus
Maintaining Your Endocrine Health
Known as the

the pituitary gland regulates and controls the activities of all other endocrine glands.

It has three sections, or lobes:
anterior, intermediate, and posterior.
The Pituitary Gland
Posterior Lobe
The Master Gland
Hormones produced by the pituitary gland play a significant role in determining height.
Image Source: Ruchika Batwara, MD - Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY
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