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Your Body. How It Works. The Endocryne System by Lynette Rushton, M.D. Denton A. Cooley

By Lynette Rushton, M.D. Denton A. Cooley

As a serious a part of human body structure, the endocrine approach controls the chemical messengers that support our physique functionality. know about how the endocrine method works with this nice e-book.

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Insulin from animals (pigs and horses) was used to treat diabetics until recombinant DNA technology made the production of human insulin possible. Insulin injections prolong the life of the diabetic and reduce symptoms, but they do not cure the disease. There currently is no cure, although transplantation of pancreas tissue is regarded as one possible option. DIABETES AND BIRTH DEFECTS Women who have diabetes when they become pregnant are 2 – 5 times more likely to have a baby with a serious congenital malformation (a body part that has not formed correctly).

The ovaries also produce progesterone, the hormone released during pregnancy. Progesterone helps the uterus maintain the pregnancy. In males, the testes produce sperm and the androgens (male hormones). The primary male sex hormone is testosterone. The hormones of reproduction will be described in Chapter 6. THE KIDNEYS The two kidneys are located at the back of the abdominal cavity, just below the rib cage. The kidneys remove watersoluble wastes from the blood and regulate the osmotic balance of the body.

In adults, it helps maintain muscle mass and mental faculties. TH is essential during pregnancy and throughout childhood for normal mental development as well as physical growth. TH maintains a normal metabolic rate and mental acuity. Too much or too little of either hormone can have profound effects on the body as well. The sex hormones help determine the timing and duration of the growth spurt that occurs during puberty. Glucocorticoids increase the amount of glucose available to cells, but excess amounts will seriously impair skeletal growth and strength.

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