Endocrinology is the study of hormones - chemicals that influence or control a wide range of physiological activities including growth, development, puberty, alertness levels, sugar regulation, appetite and bone growth among others.

Problems with hormones and the way they work contribute to some major diseases, including:

  • Appetite and obesity
  • Bone problems
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Some neurological problems
  • Some sexual problems
  • Thyroid conditions

Sub-specialties are devoted to specific areas where hormones work, including:

  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, where chemicals which mimic the effects of hormones are present in the environment
  • Paediatric endocrinology, looking at hormones in children
  • Thyroid endocrinology, looking at how the thyroid affects metabolism

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