Hormones and Health
Each part of your body—from your brain to your skin, your heart, your kidneys, and your muscles—has a specific job. They take direction from your endocrine system to get the work done. The glands of the endocrine system send out hormones that tell each part of your body what work to do, when to do it, and for how long. Hormones are vital to your health and well-being.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs to help them do their work. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including:
- Growth and development
- Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
- Sexual function
Sometimes hormones get out of balance. That can lead to problems like diabetes, weight gain or loss, infertility, weak bones, and other problems. If you have a hormone-related condition, the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor or an endocrinologist, a specialist in hormones, who will help you get your body back in balance.
Learn more about hormone-related diseases and conditions.