The endocrine specialists at MedStar Health are committed to better understanding and treating endocrine disorders. The endocrine system is comprised of major glands—including the thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid, and pituitary glands—that produce hormones—such as insulin, thyroid hormone, parathyroid hormone, cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and prolactin—which travel in the bloodstream to tissues or organs to affect body processes. These hormones are instrumental in:
- Growth and development
- Sexual function
When the endocrine glands are not working properly, by either producing too much or too little of a certain hormone, other parts of the body can’t perform well, which can have drastic and varied effects on the way a person feels.