The body’s endocrine system is composed of glands and hormones. The endocrine glands are a group of small organs and body tissues that produce, store and secrete hormones. The major organs of the endocrine system are:
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- Adrenal glands
- Ovaries / Testes
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid glands
- Pituitary gland
Hormones are chemical substances that control and regulate various body functions. The endocrine glands release hormones into the bloodstream, where they have an effect on specific target tissues. Hormones play a vital role in metabolism, growth and development, digestion, sexual function, reproduction and other body functions. They also affect mood. While men and women have the same hormones, the levels of certain hormones are different.
Hormones are powerful; a tiny amount can cause big changes in cells or even the whole body, and too much or too little of a certain hormone can cause serious health problems. Endocrine diseases can be complex and involve many body systems and structures.
Experts in Endocrine DiseasesBecause many endocrine diseases develop over time, and symptoms may not appear for months or even years, diagnosing these disorders can be very challenging. Medical College of Wisconsin endocrinologists are experts in diagnosing and treating a wide range of endocrine diseases.
Our experienced, fellowship-trained endocrinologists practice a high standard of evidence-based care, backed by the most current research. Patients benefit from the most advanced testing technology available to diagnose endocrine disorders and the latest treatment options, including clinical research trials.
Learn more about our advanced diagnostic and treatment options for endocrine disorders:
Endocrinologists work closely with patients’ referring physicians and other Medical College of Wisconsin specialists to coordinate patient care. Depending on the type of endocrine disorder and symptoms a person may have, other specialists — surgeons, otolaryngologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurse educators, dietitians and others — may be involved in care. Our comprehensive services also include patient education and support groups.
Author: Marla Fraunfelder
Last Review Date: Aug. 16, 2013
Online Editor(s): Shannon Krause