From the pea-sized pituitary gland (which controls growth) to the adrenal glands (which respond to and regulate stress in the body), the endocrine system is part of the body's checks-and-balances system, regulating some of its most essential functions. When the body has trouble controlling hormone levels, an individual can suffer from a variety of problems, including thyroid disease, infertility, cholesterol disorders, glandular cancers, and diabetes, to name just a few. Disorders of the endocrine system are as varied and complex as glands and hormones themselves.

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