Endocrine System Disorders

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM DISORDERS diagnosis

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

What is the Endocrine System?

The main function of the endocrine system is the secretion of hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that our body produces in order to regulate various physiological processes. Some hormones are concerned with the regulation of metabolism and growth while others such as the sex hormones are responsible for the normal functioning of the reproductive system and for inducing bodily changes associated with puberty.

Hormones are like switches. A slight fluctuation in the level of a certain hormone can have an impact on its target site and result in the stimulation or suppression of certain activities. The levels of hormones in the body change in response to both external and internal environmental changes. Some, such as melatonin, rise, and fall in accordance with circadian rhythm. Others are tuned to longer cycles such as the menstrual period. Yet others are released under specific circumstances in order to help the body adapt accordingly.

ENDOCRINE SYSTEMWhile other organs are also capable of secreting hormones, there a number of specialized endocrine glands whose sole function is to produce hormones.

Specialised endocrine glands are ductless glands located in various parts of the body. They secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream.

Once in the blood, hormones circulate throughout the body but only their specific target tissues and organs have receptors sensitive to their specific hormones.

Specialised endocrine glands are:

  • Hypothalamus: This is a section of the brain that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis or equilibrium in the body. It secretes hormones that regulate important factors such as sleep, moods, hunger and even libido. The hypothalamus is also responsible for controlling the functioning of the pituitary gland.
  • Pituitary gland: This is a pea-sized structure but it is one of the most crucial endocrine glands. In fact, it is referred to as the ‘master’ gland because it regulates the functioning of other endocrine glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. Located at the base of the brain, the pituitary consists of an anterior lobe and a posterior lobe, each of which produces a specific set of hormones.
  • Pineal gland: Its function is to release a hormone known as melatonin that regulates sleep patterns and reproductive hormones. This is a very small gland, located in the center of the brain.
  • Thyroid gland: This is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower portion of the neck, below the larynx. Its main function is to regulate metabolism, body temperature, and growth.
  • Parathyroid glands: These are four small glands located behind the thyroid gland. Their main function is to regulate bone development by controlling the level of calcium in the body.
  • Thymus: Located between the lungs, this gland influences immunity. Following puberty, this organ slowly shrinks, becoming replaced by fat. While it remains active, it serves as a center for the production of T-lymphocytes which are white blood cells that aid in immunity. It produces a hormone whose function is to regulate this process.
  • Pancreas: This is a leaf-shaped gland, located behind the stomach. It produces a number of hormones. The best known of these is insulin whose function involves regulating glucose metabolism.
  • Adrenal glands: This is a pair of glands seated on top of the kidneys. They help regulate metabolism, determine the fat distribution and influence cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function.

Other organs whose secondary functions involve the secretion of hormones include the kidneys, ovaries, testes, liver and even the bones.

 

What Causes Disorders of the Endocrine System?

Some endocrine disorders are hereditary while others are acquired. Some common mechanisms responsible for the failure of the endocrine system or specific glands are listed below:

  • Failure of endocrine feedback. This can occur when one gland fails to stimulate the other. For instance, the hypothalamus produces a hormone signaling the pituitary to secrete another hormone whose function is to stimulate a third endocrine gland such as the adrenal glands. Failure at the top of the cascade causes errors at subsequent stages.
  • Autoimmune disorder. When the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks healthy cells instead of pathogens and foreign bodies, this is known as an autoimmune disorder. Examples of endocrine disorders caused by erratic immune response include juvenile diabetes and Addison’s disease.
  • Removal of a gland.
  • Infection affecting a certain gland.
  • Tumors or other abnormal growths affecting the endocrine glands.
  • Injury to an endocrine gland.
  • Defects in the receptors of the target organs or tissues. Sometimes, this is the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes.

 

What Forms Do Endocrine System Disorders Take?

There are three main forms of endocrine disorders. These are:

  • Underactivity of the endocrine glands. This implies reduced production of hormones by the glands. Examples include hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency.
  • Overactivity of the endocrine glands. This is characterized by overproduction of hormones by the glands. Examples include hyperthyroidism and Cushing syndrome.
  • Tumors or nodules affecting the endocrine glands.

 

Examples of Endocrine System Disorders (including symptoms and complications)

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM DISORDERSSome examples of endocrine disorders are outlined below in brief:

  • Adrenal insufficiency: This is also known as Addison’s disease. When the adrenal glands become damaged, often as a result of the autoimmune disorder, their ability to produce the hormones cortisol and aldosterone is reduced. Tuberculosis is another recognized cause of damage to the adrenal glands leading to adrenal insufficiency. The patient experiences symptoms such as lowered energy levels, loss of appetite, increased thirst, lowered blood pressure and dizziness. There may also be some muscle weakness, loss of weight, darkening of certain patches of skin and sexual dysfunction. When the level of cortisol plummets suddenly, this leads to a rapid worsening of symptoms. This condition is known as adrenal crisis and merits immediate medical attention. Medication helps control the disease and keep hormone levels at an optimum.
  • Diabetes: This is a common medical problem and it can take two forms, namely types 1 and 2. Both forms are caused by reduced insulin production by the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes occurs when autoimmune disorder leads to permanent damage of the insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas. Since this type is associated with early onset, it is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. Type 2, on the other hand, is characterized either by reduced insulin production or an inability of the body to satisfactorily utilize insulin for glucose metabolism. As a result of elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream, typical symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, tiredness and reduced rate of blood clotting and wound healing. Having diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing various other health conditions such as heart disease, eye damage and kidney damage among others.
  • Acromegaly: This disorder occurs when the pituitary produces excessive quantities of growth hormone in adulthood. Often this is attributable to the presence of tumors on the pituitary gland. Sometimes, tumors located in other parts of the body such as the lungs or pancreas can secrete growth hormone or release another hormone that stimulates the pituitary to make more growth hormone. As a result, the bones of the hands, feet and face grow larger than normal. This is a rare condition and its signs tend to appear gradually. Hence, it can take time for it to be diagnosed. Having this disease increases the risk of developing other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and uterine fibroids among others. Overproduction of growth hormone in childhood leads to a condition known as gigantism.
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasias: This is a set of disorders involving the formation of tumors in at least two endocrine glands. Alternatively, the affected endocrine glands may grow excessively without any tumors. Either way, this condition is usually characterized by overproduction of hormones. The specific nature of symptoms depends on which glands have been affected. The tumors in question may be benign or malignant. These diseases are generally inherited and have no known cure although treatment can help control the symptoms.

 

Diagnosing Endocrine System Disorders

The usual process of diagnosis for endocrine system disorders involves:

  • Physical examination and medical history. The patient may display external signs of the disease such abnormal growth of the face and hands (acromegaly), rounded moon-like face (Cushing’s syndrome) and bulging eyes (hyperthyroidism). There may be a family history of the condition or certain lifestyle habits pointing to a particular condition such as type 2 diabetes.
  • Blood tests help to detect abnormal levels of hormones because these circulate in the body via the bloodstream.
  • Diagnostic imaging is helpful in detecting tumors or a tumor growth of the affected endocrine glands.

 

Treatment and Prevention

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM DISORDERS diagnosisThe treatment of endocrine system disorders is aimed at either reducing the excess hormone production or increasing it in case of hormone deficiency. In most cases, synthetic hormone administration helps in improving the hormonal balance. In case, a tumor has developed in any of the endocrine gland ( such as in the case of prolactinoma), surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy might be used to destroy the cancer cells.

Most endocrine system disorders cannot be prevented. However, type 2 diabetes is one endocrine disorder that remains largely preventable by practicing healthy lifestyle habits. Having a healthy BMI, low-carb diet, and regular exercising can help in preventing conditions such as diabetes. Thyroid diseases can be prevented to some extent by adjusting iodine intake.

If the endocrinal disorder is caused by an autoimmune response of the body, there are no preventive measures.  Tumors, infections, and trauma should be treated and managed effectively in order to prevent damage to related endocrine glands.

 

Facts

  • The human endocrine system consists of 8 glands that regulate metabolism, growth, sleep, and reproduction. These 8 glands are pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, adrenal, testes (male)/ or ovaries (female).

Facts

  • The study of endocrinology can be dated back to ancient China (2000 B.C.). Chinese healers could extract sex hormones from human urine use it for healing purposes.
  • Two endocrine system conditions, namely hyperthyroidism, and menopause can cause osteoporosis. Thus, this bone disorder is often studied under endocrinology too

Facts

  • The word “endocrine” has been derived from two Greek words – “endo” meaning inside or within and “crinis” which refers to secretion.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 53,000 new cases of thyroid cancer detected this year. More than 2000 fatalities will occur due to the same.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Consume a healthy, nutritious, and well-balanced diet.
  • Control stress and get ample amount of rest. Getting 8 hours of uninterrupted night’s sleep is very important to ensure that your endocrine glands function properly.
  • Indulge in a healthy fitness routine. Exercising raise your endorphin levels, regulate serotonin and dopamine hormones, and help you maintain a healthy BMI.
Don'ts
  • Overlook the initial symptoms of hormonal disorders such as sudden weight changes, fatigue, skin problems, and sleep issues.
  • Skip routine diagnostic tests that measure your hormonal levels. Get the required hormonal tests done regularly and adjust medicine dosage accordingly.
  • Lead an unhealthy lifestyle – smoking, drinking, exposure to environmental toxins, sedentary lifestyle, and high sugar consumption is your enemy.

 

 

 

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Meal replacement or protein drink? Learn all about Shakeology and its claims Shakeology from Beachbody claims to be the most suitable shake that can aid in weight loss, regulate blood…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
CEA_test
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test CEA or carcinoembryonic test detects the presence of CEA antigen in your blood mainly & determines the effectiveness…
fructosamine test
Fructosamine Test A fructosamine test measures blood sugar glucose content. Fructosamine level can indicate blood sugar level in past 2-3…
leptospira Igm test
Leptospira-IgM Test A Leptospira-IgM test is a blood test which is carried out to detect anti-Leptospira IgM antibody. Leptospirosis is…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and mind.Can a stroll…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
improve digestion weight loss
Power up your gut: 8 proven steps on how to improve your digestion Did you know you have a colony of bacteria in your gut that help you in digesting food?…
dandelion weight loss
Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing weight and boosting…
Coffee Enema: Turn your favorite morning beverage into a powerful colon cleanser The wonders of coffee are not just limited to waking you up every morning. You can now use…
Atkins diet weight loss
Atkins Diet: The right steps to carb control that can help you lose those pounds fast The Atkins diet is a high fat, low-carb diet with proven weight loss benefits that is flexible enough…
Barium-enema
Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
chloride test
Chloride Test A chloride test of the blood checks the level of chloride in body, an important factor governing the…
complement c4 test
Anemia Profile Anemia Profile test (Basic) is a blood screening test that measures the levels of important components of the…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
Optavia diet
The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
alcohol toxic
7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
Love tea, hate tannins? Rooibos tea is just what you need The market is brimming with a multitude of herbal teas. But what makes rooibos tea (or red bush)…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
The Cabbage Soup Diet: The healthiest way to instant weight loss Cabbage soup diet rapid weight loss diet for those who want to shed those extra pounds in less…
reflexology massage
Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
Rubella IgM test
Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
Coconut sugar: What is it and is it healthier than table sugar? In the long list of things that the wonderful coconut gives us, coconut sugar is another remarkable addition.…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
ANTIPHOSPHOLIPIDANTIBODY(APL)_IgG
Antiphospholipid (APL) antibody-IgG The Antiphospholipid Antibody testing is a blood test used to determine an autoimmune disorder called Antiphospholipid syndrome linked…
valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
sodium blood test
Blood Sodium Test A blood sodium test measures the amount of sodium (an important electrolyte) in your body. It is also…
Okra: How can this nutrient-dense vegetable help you fight diabetes? Okra is a food which is rich in nutrients and minerals which are extremely essential for a healthy…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling sad? Have you…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know some of the…