Four More Members of the Endocrine Gang
Today, we finish introducing the endocrine system with four more sources of great confusion: Our pancreas, testes and ovaries, body fat, and bones. More fun. More confusion. But it’s all good.
Our pancreas sits front and center in our bodies, below our stomach, near the bottom of the rib cage. It has two parts: Endocrine and non-endocrine (exocrine).
The non-endocrine part of the pancreas works with digestive enzymes. It’s the well-behaved part of the pancreas; it gets into trouble, but not nearly as much the endocrine part.
The endocrine part of the pancreas is where diabetes happens. Diabetes is well-known all around the world-and growing by leaps and bounds.
Giving your body the nutrition it cries for helps both endocrine and exocrine pancreas problems. Good, solid nutrition prevents and heals Type 2 diabetes, and also makes life merrier for those with Type 1 diabetes.
But if you don’t know how your body works, you won’t know what it needs.
The gonads, testes and ovaries, finish up the traditional list of endocrine glands. They produce our estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone-and without another word, you know they’re tricky business.
Everybody has all three hormones. Testosterone is a calm workhorse. Progesterone is overwhelmed a lot of the time. And estrogen is all over the place, stomping and snorting.
Good health needs these three hormones to be in balance, but-because of our nutrition, medicines, toxins in our air, food and water, etc.-they often live in disarray. Estrogen leads the way in the march to misery.
Out-of-control estrogen (often caused by soy) wears steel-tipped boots as it stomps all over the endocrine system and pushes you into many diseases, including cancer. Called “estrogen dominance,” it’s a huge, mostly ignored mess.
A few years back, the poobahs added body fat to the endocrine list. Along with the rest of the gang, your fat creates hormones, including leptin and grehlin.
Leptin tells us when to stop eating, while grehlin encourages us to keep chowing down-even when we’re about to explode. Grehlin and leptin get out of balance a lot, and since grehlin usually wins, here cometh the weight.
We’re told a lack of willpower leads to excess tonnage, but consider the possibility of a leptin/grehlin imbalance.
Finally, there are our bones. Our bones, as far as we know today, create no hormones, but they employ many hormones.
For one instance, creating new bone cells depends on the thyroid’s calcitonin hormone. A lack of calcitonin, as in Synthroid, results in bone loss, leading to osteoporosis.
So, that’s the endocrine system’s final four, giving us a grand total of ten members in the gang. At least for now.
All glands interact with all other glands. The system ain’t nothing if it ain’t interacting at a great rate. I’ll talk about a few how-about-that examples next time.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.