Endocrine Disorder

Endocrine Disorder

What Is Endocrine Disorder?

An endocrine disorder results from the improper function of the endocrine system, which includes the glands that secrete hormones, the receptors that respond to hormones and the organs that are directly impacted by hormones. At any one of these points, dysfunction can occur and cause wide-ranging effects on the body.

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Some of the most common types of endocrine disorders include:

  • Menopause  
  • Diabetes  
  • Addison’s disease 
  • Cushing’s disease 
  • Graves’ disease 
  • Hashimoto thyroiditis 
  • Hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism 
  • Prolactinoma 
  • Cancers of the endocrine glands  

What Causes an Endocrine Disorder?

An endocrine disorder is most often the result of a hormone imbalance, a condition characterized by a gland producing too much or too little of a hormone. This imbalance can be caused by:

Issues with the endocrine’s feedback system—its main job is to keep hormones in the body perfectly balanced but it can malfunction and cause an imbalance

  • A genetic disorder 
  • Infection or disease 
  • Injury to an endocrine gland