The endocrine system is made up of various glands like the adrenals, hypothalamus, ovaries, testicles, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary, thymus and thyroid glands. They secrete hormones directly into the blood stream that regulate numerous functions, including metabolism, growth, sexual development, tissue function, sleep and mood.
The adrenals are tiny, walnut sized glands atop each kidney, also known as the stress glands. Adrenal fatigue results from too much cortisol production in response to chronic physical, emotional or chemical stress.
Type 1 diabetes is characterised by a lack of insulin and is not nearly as common as type 2, which results from the body’s inability to respond to insulin.
The small, butterfly shaped thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that govern metabolism. Commercially produced polyunsaturated oils interfere with thyroid function.