Endocrine Systems And The Endocrine System

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Introduction: When speaking about each of the diverse systems in the body, the endocrine system is much of the time overlooked and is easily confused with the excretory system. The endocrine system works with the nervous system in order to maintain homeostasis in the body. Independently the endocrine system is a small group of glands located throughout the body, which include the pineal, adrenal, and thymus glands. Each gland in the endocrine system produces, stores, and releases hormones so when working properly the endocrine system plays an important role in the body functioning correctly and staying healthy. The glands of the endocrine system work through a feedback structure. For example, the hypothalamus will send a signal in the form of a hormone to the pituitary gland that stimulates the pituitary gland to release a hormone into circulation. The hormone secreted by the pituitary gland will then stimulate a target gland which will then in turn secrete its own hormone. When the levels of this target gland get higher the hypothalamus and pituitary glands will slow down or completely stop secreting each of their hormones. This type of regulated feedback system results in a stable blood concentration of the hormones that are regulated by those glands responsible. (Derrickson 2012)

Discussion: Each of the labeled glands has a specific function. When a person is put under extreme stress or is in danger the sympathetic system is activated, and the adrenal

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