The Endocrine System Explained
The endocrine system is comprised of a complex set of glands that produce and regulate hormone production throughout the body. The seven key structures that make up the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, both adrenal glands (also known as the suprarenal glands because they sit atop the kidneys), gonads (ovaries in women and testes in men), thyroid, parathyroid, and pancreas.
Disorders of the endocrine system most definitely affect one’s physical health and ability to function in any number of corporeal ways. However, there are significant mental, emotional, and psychological consequences that each of these diseases brings about, too. In addition to compromised physical functioning, diseases of the endocrine system can affect our perceived locus of control, and the ways in which we cope with feeling imbalanced, being in pain, suffering from disease, and our oh-so-fragile mortality.
These concerns and worries can greatly impact how we perform in any number of ways, destabilize what we feel our role is within the world, and whether or not and to what extent, we will continue to take care of ourselves.
Whether faced an endocrine diseases, psychiatric condition, or a combination thereof, a true sense of balance between mind, body, and spirit, is vital. It is critical to the management of public health and global welfare, that patients who fear they may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or mood swings get a blood test to determine if there are physical conditions manifesting themselves in behavioral ways. Without such testing, patients may try to self medicate with illicit drugs or alcohol, or engage in unsafe conduct in the hopes of dulling their systemic pain.
Other risks of not getting tested for physical ailments or endocrine problems can lead to dangerous activities that lead to suicidal ideation and impulsive behaviors that can lead ultimately, to conviction and incarceration. Running tests, establishing disease states, and determining the right course of physical, as well as emotional and psychiatric treatment, is part of Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC’s pledge to his patients. Contact Dr. Kurestian at Body Systems Wellness in Glendale, California to discover the ways in which you can feel as healthy and balanced as possible.