How do endocrine glands control the body chemistry?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The endocrine system is based upon the notion that a set of chemical signals, hormones, can travel through the body to regulate critical homeostatic mechanisms. These include things like sugar utilization (insulin and glucagon), reproduction (gonadotrophic hormones), heart rate (many hormones including adrenaline or epinephrine), temperature control (many hormones), feeding behaviors (hormones such as leptin and ghrelin), etc. By assessing the metabolic needs and survival requirements of various body tissues and cells, the endocrine system maintains the appropriate balance between differing control systems.

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  • 1 decade ago

    endocrine clands produce hormones, or chemicals that induce transcription of certain proteins. Thus, if a certain endocrine gland is excited, a hormone is produced that can essentially change the body chemistry through seires of reactions that affect one part that affects another part and so on. Thus to truely understand how the endocrine system controls our body chemistry it is important to look at how different hormones control cell regulations.

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