What Are The Best Lifestyle Actions For Improving The Health Of The Endocrine System?
This is a very broad question because the endocrine system is only partially interconnected and the interaction between endocrine organs is complex. This is kind of what you are looking at: A lot of control is exerted by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. The pituitary releases hormones into the circulation that regulate other endocrine organs like the thyroid, adrenal glands and also growth hormone and ADH (important for fluid balance). There are some broad recommendations that can be made for endocrine health. 1. Adequate sleep. Chronic sleep loss affects growth hormone secretion, thyroid function, and adrenal secretion of cortisol. This also decreases leptin production. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells that suppresses the appetite. Chronic sleep deprivation is related to weight gain, glucose intolerance, and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Medscape Log In 2. Avoid being overweight. This leads to insulin resistance and the pancreas has to make and release more insulin to lower blood sugar. This leads to type 2 diabetes and also a higher risk of cancer because insulin is a growth promoter. National Cancer Institute 3. Exercise. This should include resistance Continue reading >>