The Endocrine System Glands and Hormones. What is your Endocrine system? Your endocrine system consists of your glands and hormones. Like the nervous

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  • The Endocrine SystemGlands and Hormones

  • What is your Endocrine system?Your endocrine system consists of your glands and hormones.Like the nervous system, they work to help you maintain your homeostasis.They generally work more slowly, but have longer lasting effects than the nervous system.

  • Endocrine glandsThese glands are different from salivary or sweat glands.They do not have ducts! The hormones they produce are diffused directly into the blood stream.Glands that have ducts are called exocrine glands.The Pancreas is considered both an endocrine and exocrine gland. (remember digestion!)

  • Glands of the Endocrine systemHypothalamus (importantbut not a gland!)The Pituitary gland: Has two parts, anterior and posterior.Thyroid glandParathyroid glandAdrenal glandsPineal glandPancreasGonads: Ovaries and Testes

  • Location of glands in the bodyGland Map

  • HypothalamusLocated just anterior of the brain.Does not secrete hormones into the blood stream, but acts as an interface between the nervous and the endocrine system.Since the hypothalamus does not secrete any hormones it is not a gland.It controls the activity of the pituitary through nerves.

  • Pituitary GlandCalled the master gland because it secretes hormones that stimulate other glands to secrete their hormones.The anterior pituitary:Prolactin: Stimulates milk productionHGH (Human growth hormone): Initiates growth (Too much can lead to the condition known as giantism.)TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): Causes the thyroid gland to release thyroxin.ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone): Stimulates the adrenal glands to release various hormones.

  • Anterior Pituitary (cont.)This amazing gland also secretesFSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone): Stimulates production of mature eggs and spermLH (Luteinizing Hormone): Stimulates Ovaries and Testes; Prepares uterus for implantation.

  • Pituitary gland (cont.)Posterior pituitary gland.Oxytocin: This is the hormone used to induce labor in pregnant women. Causes the uterine contractions during childbirthAnti-diuretic hormone: Stimulates the reabsorbtion of water in the kidneys.

  • Pineal GlandThe pineal gland secretes Melatonin: Melatonin helps regulate our circadian rhythm, or 24-hour wake-sleep cycle.

    Fun fact! Circadian comes from the latin words: Circa, which means around or about, and dia, which means day.

  • Thyroid glandSecretes the hormone thyroxine which regulates the metabolism of proteins, carbs and lipids.Diseases of the thyroid lead to either hyper-thyroidism(too much thyroxine), or hypo-thyroidism(not enough thyroxine).How do you these conditions would affect a person?

  • Parathyroid GlandSecretes Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) which acts upon bones and kidneys. It helps to regulate calcium levels in the blood. It also is associated with the growth of bone and muscle.

  • Adrenal glandsSecretes the hormone: Adrenalin: which acts upon most of the cells in your body. It increases heart rate, breathing rate and increases blood pressure.Initates what is commonly referred to as the fight or flight response. It prepares your body for rapid physical activity.The adrenal glands have two parts, and secrete other hormones, but will not concern ourselves with them.

  • PancreasThe pancreas has a section which is called the islets of langerhans.The islets secrete two hormones that help to regulate blood sugar levels.Insulin is used to reduce the amount of blood sugar.Glucagon is used to increase the amount of blood sugar.Glucagon and Insulin work together in a negative feedback loop.

  • GonadsThese are the glands which produce the sex hormones.In females, these are the ovaries, and they secrete the hormones Estrogen and Progesterone.In males, these are the testes, and they secrete the hormone testosterone.

  • OvariesIn women only, these glands secreteEstrogen: Causes the breakdown of the uterine wall, initiating menstruation.Progesterone: Builds up and maintains the uterus wall for embedding of fertilized egg. Associated with secondary sexual characteristics, e.g. body hair, breast enlargement, changes in physical body.

  • TestesIn men only, these glands secrete:Testosterone: Responsible for the development and function of male sex organs. Secondary sexual characteristics. e.g. body hair, muscle development, voice change.

  • What to do now?To help remember the roles of all these glands and hormones you will make a set of flash cards.On one side of the card write the name of the hormone.On the other side, write the name of the gland which secretes the hormone AND that hormones effect on the body.



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