endocrine system Essay

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Through out the weeks and out of all the organs systems I have learned about I would have to say that the endocrine system is the most fascinating. The endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies that is why it is so amazing. It is also in charge of cell growth and also works together with the nervous system to complete many task of the body. The endocrine system has a chemical balance which reflects a lot of things such as why you sleep so much or why you can not sleep as much as you want to. This is caused by imbalances of chemicals in the endocrine system. So the next time you wonder why you can’t sleep take into consideration that you might have a chemical imbalance in your endocrine system. The endocrine system basically works like this, a hormone is secreted, and then it travels from the endocrine gland through the bloodstream to the target cells. Along the way to the target cells, special proteins bind to some of the hormones. The special proteins act as carriers that control the amount of hormone that is available to interact with and affect the target cells. Also, the target cells have receptors that latch onto only specific hormones, and each hormone has its own receptor, so that each hormone will communicate only with specific target cells that possess receptors for that hormone. When the hormone reaches its target cell, it locks onto the cell's specific receptors and these hormone-receptor combinations transmit chemical instructions to the inner workings of the cell. There are many things that can go wrong with the endocrine system. For example, Adrenal insufficiency, which causes weakness, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, dehydration, and skin changes. Malfunctions in the endocrine system also result in diabetes type 1 and 2. Diabetes is when the pancreas, an endocrine

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