The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions, including:
- Sensory perception
- Sexual development
Hormones are produced by glands and sent into the bloodstream and sent to the various tissues in the body. When the glands do not produce the right amount of hormones, a variety of conditions or diseases can occur.
Endocrinology is the medical specialty, related to internal medicine, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases related to hormones. Endocrinology includes the functions related to disorders related to metabolism, respiration, reproduction, sensory perception and movement.