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The Endocrine System: Diseases, Types of Hormones & More
The Endocrine System: Diseases, Types of Hormones & More | The Endocrine System: Endocrine Glands & Types of Hormones | Endo 101: Control of the Endocrine System by Negative Feedback | The Endocrine System: Endocrine-Related Organs | Endo 101: Factors That Affect Endocrine Function | Endo 101: Sources & Credits
Endocrine glands make hormones that are used inside the body. Other glands make substances like saliva, that reach the outside of the body. Endocrine glands and endocrine-related organs are like factories. They produce and store hormones and release them as needed. When the body needs these substances, the bloodstream carries the proper types of hormones to specific targets. These targets may be organs, tissues, or cells. To function normally, the body needs glands that work correctly, a blood supply that works well to move hormones through the body to their target points, receptor places on the target cells for the hormones to do their work, and a system for controlling how hormones are produced and used.
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