Holy Hormone Honey! Ok – here we go again…. now that the the problem has been identified – hormone imbalance – it is going to be medicalized. What does that mean? a whole new slew of tests, and drugs that will further upset the delicate functioning of the endocrine system. Memorize this ‘The Medicalization of Women’s Bodies. ‘ That is your new mantra. Say ‘no to the drugs and hello to Hormone Harmony through nutrition.
It’s better to know your endocrine system: Expert
Times of Oman
Times News Service
September 06, 2012
Endocrine system is a complex network consisting of integrated hormone-producing glands and organs. It produces and releases different types of hormones to maintain and control key functions throughout the body, including growth and development, metabolism, and tissue function. A hormone imbalance can have a drastic impact on body function. Endocrinology is the medical super speciality dealing with the endocrine system, the specific secretions of the endocrine glands called hormones and the diseases involving them.
”Hormones are substances that help us control the activities in our body. As we know, different types of hormones control reproduction, metabolism (food burning and waste elimination), and growth and development,- said Dr. Ajith Kumar (MBBS, MD, DNB, DM), senior specialist and endocrinologist at KIMS Oman Hospital.
“Technically, hormones control the way we respond to our surroundings, and one hormone may have several effects on different target organs. Glands that make up the endocrine system include thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus,” he said.
Broadly speaking, endocrine disorders may be subdivided into three groups. They include endocrine gland hyposecretion (leading to hormone deficiency), endocrine gland hypersecretion (leading to hormone excess) and tumours (benign or malignant) of endocrine glands.
Common endocrine disorders include diabetes mellitus, a major health problem affecting millions of people throughout the world. A majority of diabetic patients have Type 2 Diabetes and the usual causes are obesity, physical inactivity, and hereditary factors. Early and continued treatment of diabetes mellitus is important in preventing complications.
”Obesity is an important public health problem, causing major complications including diabetes. Management by the endocrinologist is important in detecting any correctable causes, and in guiding therapy including surgical correction,” said Dr. Ajith.